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Goochland Animal Rescuer Charged with Animal Cruelty

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Goochland Sheriff's Office
April 02, 2013

Goochland County Animal Control Officers and Sheriff's Deputies have charged the owner of a dog rescue organization with animal cruelty.

Annette M. Thompson, 67, of the 3500 block of Tabscott Road in western Goochland faces five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after ACO's and deputies served a search warrant on her property and seized five dogs yesterday afternoon that later were euthanized due to their poor physical condition.

Thompson, whose home burned last week, runs an organization known as the Pet Rescue Foundation. According to Sheriff James L Agnew, there are approximately 70 dogs still in kennels on Ms. Thompson's property. The sheriff said that Goochland Animal Control Officers received information about the condition of the dogs on the property from numerous sources including the State Veterinarian's Office.

The five charges are Class I misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of I year in jail and a $2,500 fine on each charge. Ms. Thompson was released on a summons. Her court date is set for April 15 at 8:45 am in Goochland General District Court.

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