ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Accomack County deputies recovered a dead dog and a dozen living ones from a house in Onancock Tuesday evening.
“It is heart-wrenching,” said animal activist Kristina Cuce. “That’s the only word we can use to describe it. It is just heart-wrenching.”
Local animal activists found the dogs at home on Bayside Road in Onancock on the Eastern Shore. There were dogs chained to tree and some so emaciated their ribs could be seen.
“I filmed as much as I could,” added activist Jim Mason. “There was a dead dog, it looked like it had been dead for a week or two.”
Mason learned about the dogs over the weekend. At first, he went to Animal Control and was told because the owner was minimally taking care of the dogs officers couldn’t do anything. That’s when the dog rescuers decided to put the video up on Facebook.
“We thought, ‘let’s use social media,’” added Cuce. “’Let’s take advantage of this, blast it out onto social media to see if we can get some sort of response or assistance.'”
The video gained so much traction that the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office decided to move and raid the home just a day later.
“When we were on the property, the dog owner was defending himself,” Cuce said. “He was telling us he was a great dog owner, telling us he loves his dogs. It was really sad to see that.”
Authorities executed a search warrant at the home around 6:30 p.m., due to reports of inadequate care of animals. The dogs are now in the care of the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office and are being held at the Eastern Shore Regional Animal Control Facility.
Sheriff Tod Godwin said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against the dog owner.