Animal Services wins custody of 54 dogs—and one cat
Loudoun County Animal Services is now preparing 54 dogs and one cat for adoption after a four-month long struggle to win their custody from their owner, Bonita Clark of Annapolis, Md. The animals were seized from a property in Purcellville on Aug. 5 when visiting Animal Control officers were shocked to find them living amid such squalid conditions.
Under Circuit Court Judge James Chamblin’s ruling on Dec. 16, custody over the animals was removed from Clark and granted to the county. Additionally, Clark must pay for the care of the surrendered animals and is barred from animal ownership in VA for the next two years. She must return to court in January, where she will be tried for violating the County Kennel Ordinances. For each of the 20 counts she is charged with, Clark faces up to $2,500 in fines and as many as 12 months of jail time.
During the court proceedings, the Animal Control Division cared for the 55 animals—an “extraordinary” effort that Animal Services Director Thomas Koenig thanked the division for.
The shelter administrator, Laura Rizer, predicts that the animals will be fast to find their way into the hearts and homes of community members. The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services is located at 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA 20197. Information about their services can be found on their website, loudoun.gov/animals.
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