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IRS May Be Brought on in Possible Puppy Breeding Facility Investigation

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The IRS might be getting involved in the investigation of a possible puppy breeding facility in Washington County.

Last Friday, Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at the home of Sharon Roberts, the same woman found running a similar facility last August in Wood County.

During the search, authorities found more than $239,000 in cash.

Sheriff Larry Mincks says this raises concern about possible tax evasion, and has handed the information over to the IRS

"We did have some indication from people we've talked to that she would only accept cash, and the reason for that was she didn't want to have to pay taxes on that," Sheriff Mincks said.

During the search, authorities found dozens of puppies, one of which was dead.

According to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, the rest of the dogs are in good health.

Although Roberts has not been charged at this time, Sheriff Mincks says in exchange for not being prosecuted last year, Roberts agreed she would not own or operate a puppy breeding facility again.

Roberts did not wish to speak with us on camera, and her attorney has declined commenting until speaking with the prosecuting attorney.

Sheriff Mincks says anyone who has purchased a dog from Roberts in the past year and wants to help with the investigation can call the sheriff's office at 740-376-7070 ext. 0. Just leave your name and number.


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