Woman accused of killing dogs not allowed to have contact with them

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Betsy Hemp appeared in Augusta County General District Court on Tuesday. She is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly killing six puppies in December.

On Tuesday, the Augusta County Commonwealth's Attorney filed a motion. They argued that Hemp should not be allowed to have any contact with companion animals during her trial process.

Tim Martin, Augusta County Commonwealth's Attorney, argued Hemp had admitted to killing the dogs, even after she had allegedly advertised them for sale and contacted the SPCA.

The judge agreed, saying that Hemp was not allowed to have contact with any animals until after the matter had been resolved. He gave Hemp 24 hours to find a new home for the nine dogs currently on her property.

Hemp is accused of shooting and killing six puppies and then dumping their remains over an embankment on the side of Troxel Gap Road between Middlebrook and Craigsville.

Another preliminary hearing date has been set for April 9. Hemp remains free on a $2,500 bond.

WHSV attempted to speak with Hemp, but she declined comment.