CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Jefferson County Animal Control reports two large scale seizures have taken place of animals living in what they call unsafe and substandard living conditions.
The seizures took place March 11th.

In the first seizure, a person on Signal Lane in Harpers Ferry surrendered 14 cats voluntarily after they were found living in “deplorable conditions.” All of the cats are expected to survive.

In the second seizure, officers were told at least a dozen dogs had been abandoned at a residence off Daisy Lane in Charles Town. they later learned the animals were not abandoned. The owner was issued a notice to comply to improve conditions for the animals. When the owner did not, Animal Control came back with a search warrant with the assistance of the Sheriff’s office and seized a cat and 49 dogs from the residence. All of these animals are expected to survive and are currently being housed at the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Animal Control.

Law enforcement is looking into possible criminal charges in both cases.

Animal Control expressed gratitude for its partners: “These operations would be difficult without the partnership between the Jefferson County Animal Control, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. The Jefferson County Animal Control would like to thank everyone that assisted with rescuing these animals.”

You can see some of the animals in pictures at the Jefferson County Animal Control Facebook page.