UPDATE: Greene County Property Owner Arrested For Animal Cruelty

A Greene County property owner was arrested Friday morning, three days after authorities say they found dozens of animals on his land.

Seventy-nine animal cruelty charges were filed Thursday morning against James Webb of Craft Road in Walstonsburg. Animal control also filed two counts of disposable of a dead animal in an improper way. Animal control obtained the warrants after meeting with the district attorney.

Webb was taken into custody Friday morning.

On Tuesday authorities discovered some 74 farm animals at the property. Officials said the conditions they were living in were horrible-- and almost all were found with a medical issue.

The animals that were still alive-- pigs, goats, chickens, geese, turkeys, and horses-- were taken to the Wilson County Fairgrounds to an emergency shelter where they received care.

The animals now are in the custody of the state until the investigation is complete and they can be adopted out.


Previous Story

Seventy-four farm animals are being treated by the Humane Society and other volunteers after they were rescued from a property in Greene County. Officials say the conditions they were living in were horrible-- and almost all were found with a medical issue.

The animals that were still alive-- pigs, goats, chickens, geese, turkeys, and horses-- were taken to the Wilson County Fairgrounds to an emergency shelter where they received care.

The animals now are in the custody of the state until the investigation is complete and they can be adopted out.

Kay Evans with the Chocowinity Chicken Sanctuary has already adopted many of the chickens. The Humane Society hopes others step forward and can do the same for the remaining animals.

The owner of the animals faces charges.

ORIGINAL STORY:

We'll be following up Wednesday on whether anyone will face criminal charges after more than 70 animals were rescued from deplorable conditions.

The Humane Society and Greene County Animal Control made the rescue Tuesday in Walstonburg. Now 28 pigs, three horses, two goats, 30 chickens, six geese and four turkeys are in a shelter in Wilson County. Several dead pigs and goats were found on the property. Officials say the animals were living on a dilapidated trash-strewn property. Some were frozen in the mud, and there was no water or shelter to go to even if they could move.

We'll keep you posted on the investigation.


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  • by ann on Jan 29, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    APOLOGIZE
  • by AL Location: Greenville on Jan 23, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    i agree ron on Jan 19, 2010 at 11:17 PM ,,Wasn't it ONE chicken with a bad toenail.Cut his head off and make dumplins folks.No more misery for the chicken.Abuse solved !Ron Location: Greenville on Jan 17, 2010 at 11:20 PM ..Well you are not the judge.I don't blame you for not helping him clean his mess up,but YOU ARE GUILT FOR NOT HELPING THE ANIMALS IF YOU SAW CRUELTY..You can't play both side if th fence.If there were no codes and zoning laws he is not guilt of breaking a law.I would not live that way,but maybe that's why he lives where ho does,to get way from people like me..TO EACH HIS OWN..Ron,maybe he was abused at some and can't pull it together.Anyway you are as pathetic as you claim Mr Webb is,buy turning you head on these animals. You should know about being a good smaritan..It really does help
  • by whistling ann Location: uptown on Jan 21, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    maybe ron needs to tend to his own bussiness he has issues of his own he nrrds to take care of why would you bring child molesting into a animal abuse case anyway huh
  • by i agree ron on Jan 19, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    i agree ron that dang joy talking bout lending a hand,,, hahah and apologize for what joe? he did mistreat them. did you see that chickens tonails? that was ridiculous! bout he does not need to be given the easy way out of this!
  • by Ron Location: Greenville on Jan 17, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    Apologize for what? For him to continue to let the animals live in and around the filth. Good thing I wasn't the judge, I would have made him clean that nasty, filty hole that he calls home up before I gave him anything back. He sure got somebody fooled, but, you can be assured....it ain't me. Belive me, I wouldn't stop by there and ask if he needed help cleaning up. He and his family got it that way, let them clean it up!!!!!!!
  • by Joe Location: da burg on Jan 16, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    hey everybody the man was wrongly accused and it seems that friday in a civil case his animals were given back to him. obviously they werent abused or mistreated. some of u should apologize.
  • by to joy! on Jan 13, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    why does these animals have to suffer for something that the humans do? your sister or not,,its still wrong! i dont care what no one says this man has gotten what he deserves! (: and a helping hand?? before you say someone random to go help, its your family, you help!
  • by JOY Location: Mountains on Jan 13, 2010 at 04:31 PM
    TO:LOVE FOR ANIMALS You are so right, you are entitled to your opinion. My sister and her family have the right to live as they please, also. If she asked for my help cleaning her property, I would. So far she hasn't. When the government interferes where it is private property, then everybody's rights are violated, including yours. I love animals too, but it is not your place or anyone else's to tell me how to care for them. You should cherish your right to live freely, because pretty soon the government is going to take it away.
  • by Love for the Animals on Jan 13, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    TO:Joy My comments were based on what I saw!!I am making none of this my business however I DO have an opinion just like you do.I dont care how the people choose to live however these animals had no choice up until now.Thank God they are gone and have mercy on your sister whom you say has to live in such conditions.Maybe you should schedule a visit and try to remove her from such conditions.Have you offered that helping hand that you are so quick to advise others to do? Obviously not??!!
  • by JOY Location: Mountains on Jan 13, 2010 at 06:48 AM
    TO ANGIE: AMEN!!!
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