W Va. Woman Faces 55 Animal Cruelty Counts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Weston, W.Va. (AP) -- A Lewis County woman faces 55 counts of animal cruelty stemming from the seizure of nearly 70 dogs.

Pamela Jean Blubaugh of Ireland is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. She was indicted by the Lewis County grand jury.

Deputies seized the dogs in March from the 48-year-old Blubaugh's property and another location in the county.

In a March report to the county commission, Weston veterinarian William Moodispaw said a barn and surrounding areas where the dogs were kept were "filthy, wet and in horribly foul-spelling."

Nine dogs were euthanized. The others were taken to shelters across West Virginia.

Blubaugh had said she tried for years to find homes for the dogs but didn't get much help.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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