Update on Animals Seized in Preston

Workers with the Humane Society of the United States brought in at least fifteen more animals from Raven's Hope Animal Sanctuary in Preston Wednesday.

Over 150 dogs and cats were seized there Tuesday. Now those animals are in a safe place and are receiving care.

As of Wednesday morning, four veterinarians had been called in to examine the animals.

"Basically, as far as body condition, they're in pretty good shape," said veterinarian, Dr. William Calvert. "We have a lot of skin problems, but everything else, they're looking pretty good."

With many of the animals in relatively good condition, the mission now is to get them to shelters so they can be adopted.

Officials with the HSUS say the animals will remain housed in a safe location for about the next one to two weeks, while they search for shelters that can house them.

The owner of Raven's Hope Animal Sanctuary, Virginia Robinson, bonded out of jail on a disorderly conduct charge. The 56-year-old has also relinquished custody of all but three of the dogs.

With the investigation ongoing, Kemper County Sheriff James Moore says it's possible that even more animals will be seized.

"This investigation doesn't stop at her residence. We're investigating other areas right now," Moore said.

Officials say Robinson will likely face more charges.


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