Update: Joyce Davis is out on a $5,000 secured bond. Sheriff Brooks says the earliest court date for the Davis couple is Wednesday, November 30.
Details are emerging about a Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) raid in Nelson County on Monday, and the charges against Tracy and Joyce Davis are stacking up.
The husband and wife are facing six dozen charges after ABC agents, along with dozens of other agencies, raided their Rooster Ridge Road home. Agents seized an illegal distillery, firearms, and many malnourished hunting dogs, two horses and chickens.
Tracy Davis, 71, was charged with 15 counts of felony possession of a dangerous weapon while illegally manufacturing, selling or transporting unlawful alcohol. In addition, he was charged with one misdemeanor count of illegally transporting untaxed alcohol and 28 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. He is being held in Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond.
Joyce Davis, 61, is charged with 28 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. She is being held on a $5,000 bond at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail.
This was a joint investigation with Virginia ABC and the US Department of Agriculture. Several agencies assisted in the investigation including the Virginia State Police, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, US Forest Service, Attorney General's Office, US Attorney General's Office, and the US Humane Society.
The NBC29 newsroom received the following news release from the Humane Society:
The Humane Society of the United States AssistsFederal and State Authorities in Raid of Suspected Cruelty Case
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 Albemarle 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.