Thursday, March 11, 2010

Virginia Robinson, Raven's Hope - Preston, Mississippi

Mar 11, 2010: Skeletal remains found at raid site

Rescuers who seized scores of dogs from a Kemper County animal adoption organization this week also found about seven dead animals and skeletal remains scattered across the property.

They found about 170 dogs and four cats Tuesday during the raid on Rav-en's Hope in the rural community of Preston, Sheriff James Moore said Wednesday.

"We have a few more (animals) to get at the house; there are still some hanging around there," Moore said about the three-acre site located on Mississippi 495.

Responding to complaints about the site, sheriff's deputies arrested Virginia Robinson, 56, who operated Raven's Hope at her home, where she kept the animals in what rescuers described as filthy, crowded conditions.

She was charged with disorderly conduct, but since has met bond of about $200, and been released, Moore said..." More

Mar 10, 2010: Update on Animals Seized in Preston

By: Andrea Willams

Workers with the Humane Society of the United States brought in at least fifteen more animals from Raven's Hope Animal Sanctuary in Preston Wednesday.

Over 150 dogs and cats were seized there Tuesday. Now those animals are in a safe place and are receiving care.

As of Wednesday morning, four veterinarians had been called in to examine the animals.

"Basically, as far as body condition, they're in pretty good shape," said veterinarian, Dr. William Calvert. "We have a lot of skin problems, but everything else, they're looking pretty good."

With many of the animals in relatively good condition, the mission now is to get them to shelters so they can be adopted.

Officials with the HSUS say the animals will remain housed in a safe location for about the next one to two weeks, while they search for shelters that can house them.

The owner of Raven's Hope Animal Sanctuary, Virginia Robinson, bonded out of jail on a disorderly conduct charge. The 56-year-old has also relinquished custody of all but three of the dogs...." More & video

Mar 9, 2010: Animals Seized in Preston

By: Andrea Williams

Officials in Kemper County updated the number of animals being seized from Raven's Hope Animal Sanctuary in Preston, Miss., to more than 160.

Many of the animals appeared malnourished. Feces, discarded boxes and garbage were found piled on floors and furniture inside the house on Highway 495 where the owner, Virginia Robinson, also lived.

More than two dozen people from the Humane Society of the United States conducted the seizure in cooperation with the Kemper County Sheriff's Department.

Officials with the Kemper County Sheriff's Department, the Mississippi Animal Rescue League, and Humane Society of the United States conducted the seizure of mostly dogs and a few cats.

An estimated 100 animals were seized. County officials and others with the Mississippi Rescue League say this is one of the worst cases of animal neglect they've ever seen.

"She has about 3.5 acres here, and all around, inside the house, behind the house, down this side of the house, some of the animals are all up in the woods," said Sheriff James Moore.

"She considered it a non-profit rescue," said Deborah Boswell, executive director of the MARL. "And I'm sure that the donors would be absolutely appalled that they were sending money to support a situation where so many animals are suffering and have such inadequate care."..." More

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