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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  • by jeanine Location: orlando, fl. on Jan 1, 2011 at 09:59 PM
    I fostered one of the rescued dogs. It was heartworm As with most of the others rescued it was hard to tell the age because of the bad teeth. Most had no front teeth left just like the little girl we took in, probably because of biting the wiring trying to get out. Even though Stella only was about 2yrs. old it was apparent she did have litters. Furthermore she was so scared of any and everything, totally un socialized, spooked and panicked by the slightest sound. We adopted her after the foster period since she was far from ready to go to another home. Even though she still has quite a few phoebias to overcome, she turned out to be a very sweet, non aggressive animal. A friend of mine adopted another Raven's Hope physically abused dog who also is a very sweet animal. All rescued dogs are very special: they really seem to know what you did for them and want to give back. Please adopt, don't buy, while animals in shelters die.
  • by B obby on Sep 24, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    The animals left Kemper County in the middle of night, taken out of state & murdered: were terrorized by "rescurers" & police officers using bull whips. Blood everywhere after the "rescue": they left whips. The HSUSA people openly talked of no reason to remove animals, but sheriff insisted. Why was that not covered? The truth won't sale papers that's why. Why were animals taken? The sheriff is making plans to operate a dog pound in Kemper after he leaves office next year. According to him, with no place to put strays county needs a pound & he'll operate it. Get ready for a tax increase Kemper County. No charges filed. No arrested made. No truth told. Lots of paper sold. Lots of money collected by HSUSA and lots of animals murdered. 28 picked up within the county including two mothers and 17 puppies to "make the numbers look good". Animals dumped there night before - sheriff refused to respond to call from Virginia regarding intruders. WHY?
  • by Sunshine on Mar 17, 2010 at 10:45 AM
    CEO- Anyone can type up a piece of paper with numbers of their choosing and present it as a financial statement. Books can also be altered. VR knows exactly how to get around all of that. As for the place getting out of hand when her son went to prison, you better re-think that one. If you remember, there were pics posted on the MSF and the ASPCA about a year ago that showed trash everywhere, green drinking water, dangerous living conditions for the dogs, and so on and so forth. The son was still around at that time. This problem has just escalated over time. I'm really disgusted by all of the excuses.....with that filth and the condition of those animals, there is NO excuse whatsoever. I hope she is NEVER allowed to have an animal again!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2010 at 11:07 PM
    CEO: That's rich! Now you/she's blaming the condition of her property on her son not being there?!?! Is she EVER going to take personal responsibility for ANY of her life choices, EVER? And FYI: the disorderly conduct charge was because when the police arrived with a warrant to search her home, she refused to let them in. So they cuffed her. Then she pooped her pants.
  • by donna Location: quitman on Mar 16, 2010 at 07:25 PM
    Maybe people should read the update in the Clarion Ledger today. It said plainly, several of the dogs had heartworms, which the cure for this is horrid, some had no hair, some had mange, some had eye infections, toenails that cut into their paws, 5 or 6 dogs/puppies died or had to be put down because of the stress and the unsanitary conditions.... and you are trying to say what???? No excuse for this at all. And what kind of care are you telling me that she was giving the animals...back up and say it....none.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    I don't know her much less hate her. If she couldn't take care of the animals and property after her son went to prison then she should have stopped taking in animals and downsized or closed all together. You can try all day and night long to justify her actions but there is no justification for any of it. Nobody has snapped at you for defending her anymore than you are snapping at those who oppose what she's done. I don't care if you defend her or not or how you know her. This is a current event in the news. Everyone can have an opinion about her and her actions. You're the one making it personal. As I said, we'll see about the financial side of it because that too is being investigated.
  • by CEO Location: Meridian on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    Personal vendettas are pathetic. One of you in particular has been after her since you were "fired" from the organization. Everyone in the area saw that things have only gone down severely over the past 3 years, since her son could no longer be there to maintain the yards/housing. Anonymous>you only want to lead the mob to hang her. You don't even show sympathy for the animals. Your hatred for her is the only thing that shows. You see what you want to see and that is it...There are no shades of gray whatsoever, and that must lead to a very sad existence. You want to snap at everyone who has anything to say against what you post. Both sides have a right to speak freely of their opinions. I don't make assumptions, everything I have stated on posts has been from 1st hand accounts and not heresay as SOME people do. I have nothing to gain by defending her. And as a matter of fact, I would be one of the last people you would think, that would want to defend her because of how I know her.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    We'll see if she can provide financial statements regarding the money because that is going to be investigated next.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    CEO-" If anyone would ask Virginia, she could, as with ANY non-profit, provide statements regarding expenditures. But they didn't take the time to ASK her anything, they just threw the cuffs on and humiliated her on the t.v."...she was arrested for disorderly conduct. What does financial statements have to do with them arresting her for flipping out? She humiliated herself on TV.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    I think all of those that are takin up for this sick person, needs to get a copy of todays Meridian Star. This situation is MUCH more out of hand than originally reported. To the guy with the missing lab-looks like you might want to check it out. One family has already found their "missing" dog that was stolen from their yard.
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