Jun 30, 2010: WANTED MAN FOUND IN DOG ABUSE CASE
Police had been looking for William Joseph Benjamin Hilliard, 74, following the discovery of 46 animals at a home on Lewis Street in Bristol, Virginia.
They had already charged on summonses 62-year-old Shirley R. Murray with 46 counts of failure to provide adequate care for the animals that were seized from the residence.
Officers located Hilliard earlier today at the Bristol Branch of Highlands Fellowship on Lee Highway. He was apparently discharged from the hospital yesterday, where he was taken after he became ill during the event that unfolded on Friday, but could not return to the home because it was deemed unfit for occupancy.
Police were able to locate him today because of a call from a person who recognized him and had heard through the news media that we were looking for him. It is not clear as to where Hilliard is actually staying right now, and the police department has offered to provide him assistance in finding a place to stay, but he insists that he has relatives in the area with whom he can stay..." More
Jun 29, 2010: TWO PEOPLE FACE 46 CHARGES IN DOG ABUSE CASE
After conferring with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Bristol, VA Animal Control Officer Deena Bouton has placed charges in the dog case from Lewis Street that was reported on Friday, June 25.
Shirley R. Murray, 62, was charged today with 46 counts of failure to provide adequate care for the animals that were seized from the residence.
William Joseph Benjamin Hilliard, 74, will also face the same 46 charges as soon as he is located. After the dogs were seized from the home on Lewis Street on Friday, Murray and Hilliard were not allowed to return because the house was deemed unfit for occupancy..." More
Jun 25, 2010: 50 dogs seized from Bristol, Virginia home
Authorities in Bristol, Virginia, say about 50 dogs have been seized from a house where animals were bred.
Investigators said the house Friday morning was covered in urine and feces. No one was immediately arrested.
Authorities said a couple who live in the house breed dogs and sell them out of a truck throughout the city.
According to the Bristol Herald Courier, the house was declared unfit for human or animal occupancy.
The dogs were taken to the pound at Jones Animal Hospital..." More