Augusta County woman accused of killing, dumping six puppies

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (Dec. 27):

An Augusta County woman has been arrested on suspicion that she's responsible for shooting six puppies found dead just before Christmas.

According to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, 39-year-old Betsy G. Hemp, of Middlebrook, was arrested on Thursday and charged with six felony counts of animal cruelty and six misdemeanor counts of illegal dumping.

This past Saturday, deputies responded to a call from the 200 block of Troxel Gap Road – between Middlebrook and Craigsville – and found six puppies, between four and six months old, that had been thrown over a steep embankment. All of them had gunshot wounds.

The sheriff's office posted a plea for information on Facebook which, by December 27, had been shared nearly a thousand times.

Hemp was processed on Dec. 27 and released on a $2,500 bond.

Deputies are not releasing any further information about the crime at this time.

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An investigation is underway after multiple dogs were found with apparent gunshot wounds, according to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office.

The agency said in a release it responded to the 200 block of Troxel Gap Road in Middlebrook on Saturday after it was reported six dogs were shot.

Deputies discovered the dogs' remains discarded over a steep embankment, according to the sheriff's office.

The dogs were estimated to be between four and six months old.

The side of the road where they were found is between Craigsville and Middlebrook.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Deputy C. R. Hartman at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017.

As of Wednesday, WHSV had reached out to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office each day since Saturday, but had received no updates over Christmas and the surrounding days.


Courtesy: Augusta County Sheriff's Office