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UPDATED: Bedford County man indicted on animal cruelty charges

March 03, 2010
  • Phillip Parnell
Phillip Parnell

A gruesome find at a Bedford County farm.

Twelve dead alpacas and one dead emu led to charges against Bedford County man, Phillip Parnell.

The alpacas were starving to death.

Linda Miles is Parnell's neighbor and says she heard strange noises from some of the animals, but didn't want to be nosy.

"I'm surprised, when they first moved here, they were such animal people, loved animals. You know, being over here on our side of the street, don't know what's going on over there, so it's kind of shocking," says Miles.

Parnell has been charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty and was taken to the Bedford Blue Ridge Regional Jail.  He is out on bond.

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A Bedford County man faces 14 counts of animal cruelty after deputies said they found dead and mistreated animals on his property.  Phillip Parnell was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday.

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The case began on January 12 when county deputies executed a search warrant on Parnell's property on Locust Lane in Bedford.  They found 12 dead alpacas and a dead emu, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.  Investigators also found 8 alpacas, 3 sheep and 3 goats that were alive, but in "poor condition."  The animals were seized by sheriff's deputies.

Parnell was arrested today and is being held on a $5,000 bond.

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