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New Market residents charged with animal cruelty

18 December 2019 Shenandoah County News

Shenandoah County Sheriff‘s Deputies arrested two New Market Residents over the weekend, charging them with several counts of animal abuse and neglect. After an eviction, Francis Pierce Jr., 63, and Donna Marie Randall, 63, left 51 animals and nine deceased animals on the property. They were both charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty: deprivation and one count each of failure to provide food and water.

According to the search warrant filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court, deputies seized 43 live birds, one dead bird, two rabbits, six dogs, 26 feed pans, one aquarium, 13 waterers and four bags of food. Police say they saw more evidence of abuse than they seized, including extra tanks for fish and deceased animals.  Capt. Wesley Dellinger said it was clear the abuse and neglect of the animals had been prolonged and their condition was not a result of the tenants’ eviction.

In process of booking Pierce, deputies found he had failed to register as a sex offender, which is a felony. Pierce is being held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond. Randall was arrested but later released from RSW on a secured bond. Both Pierce and Randall will appear in Shenandoah County General District Court on Jan. 24.

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