- Posted August 2, 2012 by
Max Meadows, Virginia
12 Dogs Suffering In A Dungeon In Wythe Virginia
Mr. Thomas has refused to surrender the dogs, the ACO and Sheriff's Office have refused to remove the dogs or even cite Mr. Thomas under VA Law.
Wythe Humane who is not an enforcement agency, was allowed to de-flea the dogs, clean the kennel, and treat their living area in 2010. But were not allowed to remove the dogs.
After international pressure Animal Control Officer Blanchett inspected the property on July 23, 2012 stating in his final report, "The dogs were very clean and healthy"; however, an independent veterinarian, after seeing recent photos, stated that the dogs did need medical care. Source - http://www2.wsls.com/news/2012/jul/26/veterinarian-has-health-concerns-wythe-co-dog-cont-ar-2087329/
Virginia Statute § 3.2-6503 states that each owner shall seek "Veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering or disease transmission."
For two years local citizens and animal advocates have tried to convince Animal Control and County Administrator Dalton to enforce the law, remove the dogs, and charge Mr. Thomas with cruelty and neglect to no avail.
The Humane Society of the United States has tried to intervene. The Virginia Attorney General has offered assistance to Commonwealth's Attorney Mabe. The Virginia Animal Control Association has also offered assistance. All has been ignored by Wythe, VA officials.
These dogs continue to suffer in this heat, in their dungeon. For more information and to find out what you can do to help, please visit http://www.facebook.com/FreeTheDogsInABox.