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Virginia woman charged with animal abuse and neglect

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A North Tazewell, Virginia, woman was charged with failure to take care of her animals and abuse and neglect on Jan. 22, 2014. The charges came about when complaints were lodged against Sandra Simpson.

According to Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt, officers have started an investigation into Simpson and her care of two horses. The animals had to be euthanized – one on Tuesday and the other one on Wednesday because of their advanced stages of malnutrition.

Authorities received a complaint on Jan. 21 and immediately went to the property to check on the horse. They found the animal in “extremely bad shape.” Based on the veterinarian’s check of the horse and her recommendation, the horse was euthanized.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, animal control returned to check out the remaining horses. They found yet another horse in critical need of immediate care. This horse was also euthanized.

Hieatt did not release an exact number of horses owned by Simpson. However, officials did bring hay and supplies to the property to ensure the remaining horses were adequately fed.

The case remains under open investigation.

Hieatt also encouraged Virginia citizens to report all cases of animal neglect they encounter in a timely manner. He provided sheriff’s office number 276-988-5966



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