Bluefield Daily Telegraph
One person has been charged with animal abuse after the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint of three dead animals at a residence.
Joshua Brett Maxwell, 30, of Iaeger, has been charged with three counts of cruelty to animals causing death resulting in a felony after the sheriff’s department responded to the residence and found three dogs dead, one female dog and her two pups, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.
Deputy Anthony Epperson, who investigated the incident, discovered a mother dog and puppies that had been starved to death. The animals “looked to have been dead for a few days,” the release stated.
Epperson noted that there were no water or food bowls in reach of the dogs and that the female dog was tangled up on a short leash.
Maxwell is currently in jail on unrelated charges and will be arraigned this morning.