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March 13, 2014

McDowell man charged after dead dogs found at residence

IAEGER — 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.

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