Goochland, VA—The animal rescuer whose home burned last week is now facing animal cruelty charges; five dogs seized from her property on Monday were euthanized because they were in such poor physical condition.
Annette M. Thompson, 67, faces five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, after Goochland County Animal Control Officers and Deputies served a search warrant on her property. They removed five dogs from the premises; all of the animals had to be euthanized due to their poor physical conditions.
Thompson is the head of the Pet Rescue Foundation, a local animal rescue organization. Officers discovered approximately 70 dogs in kennels on Thompson's property, according to Sheriff James L, Agnew.
Sheriff Agnew said Goochland Animal Control Officers learned of the condition of the dogs from numerous sources, including the State Veterinarian's Office.
All five charges are Class I misdemeanors, and carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine per charge.
Thompson was released from jail on a summons. She is set to appear in court on April 15 at 8:45 a.m. in Goochland District Court.
The Richmond SPCA released the following statement Wednesday:
"The Richmond SPCA has been deeply concerned about the condition of the animals belonging to Ms. Thompson for many years, has taken animals from that situation in order to help them and has expressed our concern publicly many times. She should never have been permitted by Goochland County to keep large numbers of animals even after her prior convictions for animal neglect. Any suggestion by Goochland County that information about the miserable condition of her dogs was provided only recently to Goochland Animal Control is disingenuous at best."
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