Virginia kennel owner charged after dead dogs discovered
The owner of a Virginia kennel has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities said they discovered more than 20 dead hunting dogs there.
Dinwiddie County Animal Control, acting on an anonymous tip, went to the property off of U.S Highway 1 and discovered the dead dogs inside the kennel. One dog was still alive, The Progress-Index of Petersburg reported.
According to NBC12, there were 10 pens and a common area in the kennel, which was located in the 12000 block of Boydton Plank Road.
The surviving dog is receiving treatment and is expected to recover. The dead dogs were taken to Lynchburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory for examination. The dogs discovered late Friday are Walker hounds, a breed commonly used for hunting, the newspaper reported.
Animal Control said in a news release that Floyd McNeil Maitland of Dinwiddie County -- the owner of the dogs and the kennel — has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty. The investigation may lead to more charges, according to the agency.
All the dogs found dead are being evaluated to determine the cause of death.