Three arrested After 27 Abused Pets Euthanized In Washington County

Charges have been filed against three people in a case of neglect where all 27 pets found had to be euthanized.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested Rex Swain Junior, his wife Debbie Swain and Rex Swain the Third on a total of 81 charges. Each faces 27 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Last week lawmen went to a home on Pea Ridge Road in Skinnersville and found 26 dogs and a cat in poor shape. After veterinarians checked out the animals they were all euthanized.


Washington County lawmen seized dozens of abused or neglected animals Friday morning. We now learned that they all had to be euthanized after being checked by a veterinarian.

Chief Deputy Brian Hardison says lawmen executed a search warrant at 2742 Pea Ridge Road in Skinnersville. Hardison says they seized 26 dogs and a cat.

After the seizure, lawmen took the animals to Tidewater Animal Hospital in Roper to be seen by a vet. Hardison says they all had parvo and skin diseases, while there were several agencies standing by to care for the pets if they could have been saved.

No arrests were made as deputies will meet with the district attorney early next week to discuss possible felony charges.

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