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May 19, 2010
FRONT ROYAL, Va. (AP) -- A man who skinned a guinea pig and wore the skin as headgear has been convicted on an animal cruelty charge. Charles Woodson was convicted Tuesday in Warren County General District Court. The 41-year-old Woodson was arrested in March after neighbors saw him wearing the guinea pig hat, which included the animal's head. Woodson has said the animal was killed humanely. He had purchased the animal from a pet store. Judge W. Dale Houff sentenced Woodson to six months in jail, but suspended four months from the term.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | May 23, 2012
The Bedford County man who had more than 100 animals removed from his home is now allowed to own pets again. Ronald Snellings can now officially have a maximum of three pets.  A judge made that ruling Wednesday, after following Snellings progress for 18 months. 102 dogs and cats were taken out of Snellings' Thaxton home in September of 2010.  He was charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty. An attorney says Snellings' case will be dismissed in a year, if he continues to follow court orders.
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Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | December 21, 2010
A Franklin County woman recently plead guilty to several counts of animal cruelty. In the fall, animal control officers seized the bare bones animals from Heidi Ann Sendall. As part of a plea deal she can not have them back.  Ten weeks after they were confiscated, four horses, two cows, a mule and a pony are in need of homes. The horses which were in bad shape and nearing 120 pounds when they were first brought to the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue are thriving today. Pat Muncy, founder of the Rescue says food and attention has made a world of difference.
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WDBJ7 Staff Writer | June 22, 2013
Virginia Animal Control Association urges owners to leave their pets home in hot weather. The Virginia Animal Control Association (VACA) is urging pet owners to leave their pets at home in hot weather.  Pets left in hot vehicles are at risk for hyperthermia (overheating).  It only takes about 10 minutes on an 85-degree day for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees - even when the windows have been left open an inch or two.  Within 30 minutes, a car's interior can reach 120 degrees.  When the temperature is a pleasant 70 degrees, the  inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter than the air outside.  Shade offers  little protection on a hot day and moves with the sun.  It is against the law to leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal.  An animal cruelty conviction could result in a jail sentence and/or a fine.  If you suspect animal neglect or cruelty, please call your local animal control agency as soon as possible.  In the event of an emergency, please call 911.
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Bryce Williams and Reporter | January 7, 2013
Last month we told you about a shocking case of animal cruelty in Franklin County. Two puppies were shot several times. Both survived.  The dogs' owner, Troy Breeden, said he knew who did it all along and tonight we're learning he was right   A grand jury has indicted his neighbor, and landlord, John Lumsden. Investigators say he confessed to shooting Apollo and Zeus, both 10 months old at the time of the shooting,  with a 12-gauge shotgun because they were chasing his livestock.
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Keith Humphry and Anchor/Reporter | August 20, 2010
A broken jaw, 20 fractured ribs and what was "most likely a gun-shot wound. "  All that leads the Medical Examiner to conclude "homicidal violence" was the cause of death in the case of a woman whose decomposed remains were discovered in her boyfriend's Roanoke home in May. The warrant indicates the victim's body may have laid in a bedroom almost two months before being discovered by authorities. Becky Lee Ross and Lawrence Lee Hall, Jr., lived together on Salem Turnpike for a couple of years.
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Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | October 26, 2012
The Danville Area Humane Society is calling it one of the worst cases of animal cruelty it has ever seen. A Jack Russell Terrier found barely alive with stab wounds and bites. One thing has been on the mind of his owner, Candice Brening. "I want to say whoever did this I want justice to be done," Brening said fighting back tears. A cracker partially eaten and an empty cage are painful reminders for Candice Brening. "It's not the same anymore. And I always go in the living room and see him laying on the couch.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | June 6, 2011
He made headlines last year when more than 100 animals were taken from his Bedford County home. Monday, Ronald Snellings was back in court to face criminal charges related to the seized animals. Snellings is charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty, but his case is being put on hold. A judge has agreed to put Snelling's charges under advisement for two years.  During that time, Snellings will be required to undergo a mental evaluation and won't be allowed to own any animals.
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May 26, 2010
UPDATED: 7:00 p.m. The Bedford County Sheriff says his office has arrested a "nationally known" and "admitted" dog fighter. 36-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Denny is charged in Bedford with felony possession of an animal for fighting. Sheriff Mike Brown says Denny was trapped in a sting operation, as he tried to sell a 900- dollar pit bull to an undercover deputy. This all happened Monday at a Montvale gas station. Denny is from Randolph County, North Carolina.
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