68 malnourished, wounded dogs rescued from ‘unhealthy living conditions’ in Hanover County

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities in Hanover County rescued nearly 70 dogs from a home Thursday due to ‘unhealthy living conditions.’ 8News has learned many of them were malnourished and had visible wounds.

All 68 of those dogs, which included 34 puppies, are being housed at the Hanover Animal Control Center where wardens say they are working make sure all of them a healthy.

Hanover County Animal Control, with assistance from the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant in the 17000 block of Connie Hall Road. According to an affidavit filed for a search warrant, the complaint was actually the 16th complaint filed for that same address.

Officers found the canines living in unhealthy living conditions, both inside and outside the residence, according to a release.

On Friday, 8News was allowed inside the shelter.


On one lab puppy we noticed scars around his feet. Wardens here say the dogs are also being treated for round and hook worms.

“Dogs are doing well, we’re maintaining the overall care for them, trying to keep up with them right now as that’s a lot of dogs here,” said Jeffery Parker with the Animal Shelter.

8News called a phone number listed for the owners of the home where the dogs were seized. A woman who identified herself to as the grandmother of the woman under investigation said, “they got it all wrong,” and, “she loved those dogs more than she loves herself.”

No charges have been filed. The dogs aren’t available for adoption right now, and likely won’t be until the case can work it’s way through the court system.

The Hanover Animal Control shelter is asking for donations since the dogs will likely be housed for several months before they are available for adoption.

They mainly need:

  • Dry dog and cat food
  • Canned dog and cat food
  • Towels, sheets, blankets, and soft mats
  • Newspaper (bundled)
  • Raw hides and other chew treats
  • New or used collars and leashes
  • Grooming brushes and shampoo
  • Cat litter
  • Animal beds
  • Formula for young kittens and puppies
  • Kurdanda bed

Hanover County Animal Control, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office, is coordinating with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to determine charges against the owners of the canines.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous, and can result in a reward of up to $1,000.

8News reporter Parker Slaybaugh will have more on this story tonight on 8News at 5.

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