Dozens of dogs rescued in suspected Bedford Co. animal cruelty, hoarding case

Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 2:16 PM EST
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BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - According to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, 29 dogs... 26 adults and three puppies... have been rescued from a Bedford County home.

A report through Crime Stoppers and the Humane Society regarding a potential hoarding and cruelty case led Animal Control deputies to a home on the 1500 block of Eagle View Dr. in the Goodview area of Bedford County.

The dogs were found in and around the home in poor living conditions and malnourished. Sheriff Mike Miller described several dogs as being emaciated. Deputies secured and served a search warrant to rescue the animals and get them medical attention.

Along with aid from “Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter” and Dr. Ryan at Riverside Veterinarian Clinic, deputies took all the dogs from the scene for medical treatment and housing.

Thomas Duggins, 71 of Goodview, was arrested on scene and charged with 10 counts of animal neglect. Additional charges are pending. Tuesday evening, Duggins returned to the house to say ‘goodbye’ to his dogs.

Courtesy: Blue Ridge Regional Jail
Courtesy: Blue Ridge Regional Jail(Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

A statement from the sheriff’s office reads:

“The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for alerting us to this situation so we could step in and help the helpless.

“This large-scale rescue could not have been possible without the assistance of Dr. Ryan at the Riverside Veterinary Clinic and the “Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter”. This is just the beginning for these rescued animals, and they will require additional care and treatment, so if anyone in the public would like to help, “Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter” are a nonprofit and accept donations which would be put to good use helping these animals.

“The dogs that need medical care are set to be moved to Angels of Assisi Wednesday.

“The Sheriff’s Office will keep everyone updated as to the progress of these animals through our Facebook.

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