ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS 10) – On Monday, the Roanoke County Police Department went to the Forever Home Animal Rescue after reports of animal hoarding.
When police arrived at the home in the 3500 block of Chaparral Drive, they found 15 dogs, which they say were all in good body condition and health.
However, Roanoke County Code states it is unlawful to keep more than three dogs unless you apply and are approved for a dog kennel license. The owner does not have a business license and is no longer able to act as an animal rescue organization in Roanoke County. The owner was given notice to come into compliance with the Code.
Police charged the owner with one count each of Kennel Violation; No County Tags; No Rabies Vaccination; No Rabies Certificate; Unsanitary Conditions; and Responsible Animal Care.
Police say that while many social media posts claim the conditions of the home to be deplorable, when police went inside they home, the only unsanitary conditions they found were related to the amount of ammonia smell from dog urine.
Police are aware of the photos posted on social media and did not find those types of conditions when the home was searched on Monday.
Police say citizens and organizations have come forward to place the dogs elsewhere and they are being removed from the home.