Two arrests following animal cruelty investigating in Franklin

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FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) — Police in Franklin executed a search warrant after reports of animal cruelty in the city.

On Friday afternoon, they searched a house in the 1200 block of Clay Street. During the search, they found four dogs in the residence in need of medical attention.

The dogs were all removed and taken for necessary medical treatment.

Authorities have since arrested Christopher Torres and Kelly Twitchell in connection to the incident. They have both been charged with:

  • 4 counts of cruelty to animals,
  • 1 count of limitation on keeping dogs/cats,
  • 1 count of failure to dispose of a dead companion animal,
  • 19 counts of animal license violations and
  • 19 counts of animal vaccination violations.

They are expected to make a court appearance on July 26 in the Franklin General District Court.

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