CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A Chesapeake man will soon be facing animal cruelty charges. Animal Control says he had 39 basset hounds in his home.
“This is more than Animal Services has ever had in a case,” said Sharon Sockman with Chesapeake Animal Services. “There was just bad conditions inside the home and all of the animals were inside.”
Animal Control was called to a home on Willow Avenue after getting a complaint for a resident who says there was a listing for basset hound puppies on Craigslist. When officers got to the house they say there was a bad smell coming from the inside.
Officers say the homeowner, John Farlow agreed to turn over the dogs who were in need of care.
“We didn’t have any that were emaciated, but we did have some that had a lot of fleas and that was a result of the conditions they were in,” Sockman added.
One dog had to be put down.
“There was one dog unfortunately paralyzed in the rear and had some wounds from dragging itself,” Sockman said.
Animal Services took in the other dogs who ranged from puppies to adults. Several have been adopted out and others will be soon. According to court documents Farlow ran a rescue group called House of “Thunder” Senior Basset Hound Sanctuary and Rescue.
“I think he was saying he was a rescue, but I don’t think he was reporting to the state or doing anything that a rescue is required to do by state code,” Sockman added.
Animal Control says it had been to Farlow’s home several times in the past couple years. They say he will soon face charges.
“I guess a lot of people have given them their animals that they couldn’t keep for anymore just not knowing the conditions that they were going to be in,” Sockman said.
Animal Services says you should do you homework before giving you dog to a rescue group to make sure it is legit.
Several of the dogs are at other area shelters and the hope is to have them all adopted out.