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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.


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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.

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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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