November 22, 2011
The HSUS Assists Federal and Virginia State Authorities in Raid of Suspected Cruelty Case
More than one hundred animals rescued from property in Roseland
The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team assisted The USDA Office of Inspector General, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Virginia Attorney General’s office in the raid of an alleged cruelty case in Roseland, Va. More than one hundred animals including game fowl, hunting dogs, horses and pigs were rescued from the property.
The owner of the home, Tracy Davis, age 71, was arrested on 15 counts of felony possession of a dangerous weapon while illegally manufacturing, selling or transporting unlawful alcohol, 1 count of misdemeanor for the illegal transport of untaxed alcohol and 28 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Davis’ wife Joyce Davis, age 61, was also arrested on 28 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. The couple was arrested and booked at Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and taken to the Albermarle County Regional jail where Mr. Davis is being held without bond and Mrs. Davis’ bond was set at $5,000.
"The Humane Society of the United States commends The USDA Office of Inspector General, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Virginia Attorney General’s office for their action in this case," said Chris Schindler, manager of animal fighting investigations for The HSUS. "Law enforcement agencies across the country are wise to root out animal cruelty activity because there may be other criminal activities associated with this crime."
This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.
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