ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Two men are facing misdemeanor charges after Accomack County Sheriff’s deputies found several neglected dogs at a Parksley home Wednesday.
Sheriff Todd Godwin says the sheriff’s office received a tip through social media about a dog that appeared to be neglected and possibly dead. Authorities looked into the tip and were led to a home in Parksley, where several dogs were found to have been neglected. One of the dogs was dead.
21-year-old Jose Guadeloupe Berlanga-Francisco is charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of failure to provide proper shelter. He was released on a personal recognizance bond.
23-year-old Luis Berlanga was issued a summons for one count of failure to provide proper shelter and one count of failure to provide adequate food.
A 10 On Your Side viewer sent us an alleged photograph of the deceased dog, surrounded by apparent snow and vomit.
According to the sheriff, the owner did not want the dog to die. A family member of the suspects stated that the dogs are taken care of.
10 On Your Side went to their home on Thursday. No one answered the door. We saw several animal cages on the property. A dog was in one cage, and chickens were in another.
A vacant cage appeared to be the one seen in the photograph.
“We were in the single digits at times over the span of those few days,” said Sarah Young, President and Founder of K-9 Rescue of the Eastern Shore. She said a member of the non-profit organization first sent her the alleged photograph of the dog.
“It’s sadly typical,” she said. “We see this all the time.”
She hopes the charges bring forth change, and urge people to keep their pets out of the cold.
“This is preventable,” she said. “Don’t let it happen. If you own a dog, do what’s right. You shouldn’t have pets if you cannot properly care for them.”
Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Accomack County Sheriff’s office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666.