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Case ID: 17576
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Mar 18, 2011

County: Kanawha

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged
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Alleged: Sally L. Workman

Kanawha County Sheriff's Investigators are looking for a woman accused of abandoning several animals in her house, some of which starved to death.

Two dogs that were rescued visibly tremble when around people. Anxiety, according to Kanawha-Charleston Humane Shelter humane officer Jeff Allen, that can be attributed to severe neglect and abuse.

"When an animal gets traumatized it gets to the point where you don't trust people anymore," said Allen.

The animals were found at a house on Georges Drive outside of St. Albans, where Allen believes they had been left for several weeks.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department has obtained a warrant for Sally L. Workman's arrest in connection with the abandoned animals.

When News 13 went out to the property, there were several notices from power companies, that there was nearly $1,000 in unpaid fees. Neighbors said they had not seen anyone on the property in at least a couple weeks, maybe longer.

"The conditions were the most extreme I'd ever seen," said Allen.

The animals had chewed through the furniture around the house. Allen's best guess is that they were eating the stuffing for sustenance.

When found, Workman could be charged with animal cruelty, animal neglect, and animal abandonment, all of which are misdemeanors under current state law.

Anyone with information on Workman's whereabouts is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department or the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Society.


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