Charges pending after animal control seizes over 70 dogs, other pets


The Russell County Sheriff’s Office says over 70 dogs, among other animals, have been seized after search warrants were issued Friday. 

According to a release issued by the sheriff’s office, the Russell County Animal Control Division obtained two different search warrants based on animal cruelty. 

Investigators say the warrants were served on Love Lane in Abingdon, and crews were able to seize 70 dogs, one female cat with nine kittens, one umbrella cockatoo and a bearded dragon. 

Sheriff Steve Dye says the animals were found living in a “deplorable state.” 

Investigators say the majority of animals have been, or are in need of veterinarian services. 

Dye says 50 dogs are being housed in Roanoke where they are receiving care. The remaining animals are being housed at the Russell County Animal Shelter or the local county veterinarian facility. 

The sheriff says criminals charges are pending and the case is still under investigation. 

There will be a court hearing based on the custody of the animals on May 21 at the Russell County General District Court. 

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