- West Virginia, USA -
A drug investigation led to animal cruelty charges filed against 36-year-old HILAREE B. SCHAFFER (pictured below).
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that last month, authorities responded to a report about abandoned animals at a residence on 39 Duckworth Lane in Mineral Wells.
According to a criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate Court, the Parkersburg Humane Society told Parkersburg law enforcement that SCHAFFER and her husband had been evicted and when they moved out they left behind cats, chickens, dogs, and goats living in deplorable conditions.
The complaint reports that about 12 chickens were found inside a small metal cage without water.
Cats and dogs were jut roaming around, and “One of the goats was in particularly bad shape as it had excessive hoof growth and foot rot as the hooves had not been properly cared for. This caused the goat to walk directly on its front carpal joints”.
A Parkersburg Humane Society officer then told authorities that SCHAFFER had more goats at another property on Black Diamond Road.
Parkersburg Humane Society took custody of those goats as the poor souls were not properly cared for.
SCHAFFER was charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy.
She was released on a $11,500 bond.
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