Virginia woman charged after 68 dogs rescued from ‘unhealthy living conditions’

Stephanie Saunders (Photo: Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

MONTPELIER, Va. (WRIC) — A woman is facing charges after Hanover County authorities rescued nearly 70 dogs from ‘unhealthy living conditions.’

Stephanie Saunders, 33, has been charged with five counts of animal cruelty, five counts of providing inadequate care to animals and one count of sale of an unweaned animal (selling a puppy too young). All of these charges are misdemeanors.

Saunders is currently incarcerated at Pamunkey Regional Jail with a $3500 bond.

Many of the 68 dogs rescued, which included 34 puppies, were malnourished and had visible wounds.

The dogs are now being housed at the Hanover Animal Control Center, where wardens say they are working make sure all of them a healthy.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous, and can result in a reward of up to $1,000.

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