Nearly 40 dogs rescued from Bristol, Virginia home


Police are pursuing charges against two people after 39 dogs were discovered living in deplorable conditions at a Bristol, Virginia home. 

The dogs were found Friday at a home on Dunlap Street according to Bristol, Virginia police. 

Animal control officers removed the dogs from the home Friday evening. Police say all 39 were living inside the home.

“As soon as you walk through the door, you’re standing in animal waste,” said Officer Josh Slagle. “It’s probably a couple inches deep in some places. Everything you could see, it’s on it.”

The dogs will be examined by a veterinarian on Saturday.

“With the exception of three to four of them, they all seem to be pretty healthy,” Slagle said.

Police say Rosa Qualls, 57, and Mary Castle, 67 are facing charges of failure to provide adequate care, failure to vaccinate for rabies, and failure to license the animals.

The dogs will be taken to the city’s new animal shelter at 2215 Shakesville Road. The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can call the shelter at 276-645-3714.

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