Petition filed against Berkeley County Animal County for alleged animal abuse | WDVM25 & DCW50


BERKELEY, W.Va. (WDVM)– It’s a web site that breaks animal lovers’ hearts.

Alley Cat Allies is a nonprofit group that focuses on advocating for cats. However, officers with the group mentioned they might not ignore the situations of different animals on the Berkeley County Animal Control.

Becky Robinson is the President and Founder of Alley Cats Allies. Robinson mentioned the investigation started after an alleged cat named Newt was extraordinarily skinny, with a thick enlarged, and discolored tongue and swelling that prevented him from closing his mouth.

“We’ve learned that there are animals that were in graved conditions at the Berkeley Animal Control in West Virginia. And so we conducted an in-depth investigation and learned that there was a serious pattern of them breaking the law,” Robinson mentioned.

On Tuesday, the nonprofit filed a Writ of Mandamus which is asking the supreme court docket of the Mountain State to order the county to behave on its obligation and to adjust to the regulation.

According to court docket paperwork, animal cruelty legal guidelines of West Virginia make it a criminal offense “for any person to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly . . . [w]ithhold . . . [m]edical treatment, necessary to sustain normal health and fitness or to end the suffering of any animal.”

“These’s animals were taken to license veterinaries many that are specialist and they have gone on record with what they found,” Robinson continued. “So this is a case where there is evidence and these are animals that obviously need care. A dog that came in Kimberley her eye was so enlarged and swollen that it was almost coming out of her socket. This dog has not received care in the eight days that she was in the facility.”

WDVM 25 reached out to Berkeley County Sheriff Nathan Harmon.

“But as far as myself and animal control they are in line with their producers and everything is being taken care of the animals are being taken care of that are in the custody and care of the animal control office,” Sheriff Harmon mentioned in a cellphone interview Tuesday.

As of now, the petition states a number of few allegedly animal abuse circumstances out of animal management.

Robinson mentioned the subsequent steps are for the Berkeley County Council to launch their investigation.

Robinson mentioned members of Alley Cats Allies will seem on the subsequent council assembly to discuss the alleged abuse.