Thursday, May 5, 2011

Animals seized in cruelty probe

By Edward Marshall

MARTINSBURG - More than 110 cats, dogs, exotic birds and an iguana were seized Wednesday as part of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation at a pet grooming and boarding business in Berkeley County.

A search warrant was executed by police and animal control officers at about 7:30 a.m. at Pooch Parlor Grooming & Rooming For Dogs & Cats located at 87 Van Clevesville Road. A sign outside the facility said it had been in existence since 1977.

An earlier investigation by Berkeley County Animal Control found multiple animals in or around feces and enclosed in structures that had a very potent smell of urine, according to a press release issued Wednesday night by Lt. W.A. Johnson.

Johnson stated that 115 animals were removed from the premises by animal control officers..." More

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