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Case ID: 19457
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: rabbit (pet)
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Thursday, Mar 15, 2012

County: Virginia Beach City

Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 1 files available

Alleged: Tegwen M. Davis

Police responding to a suspicious call at a house found a lot more then they expected.

On Thursday, March 15 2012, at about 6:55 p.m., Virginia Beach Police Officers responded to a suspicious call for service in the 2100 Block of Wolfsnare Road in the Hilltop neighborhood of the City. According to police, someone reported a "strong odor" was coming from the home. When officers arrived, they confirmed the odor and could see more than thirty rabbits inside the home.

The homeowner gave permission for police to enter the house, and officers found 74 rabbits living in "deplorable conditions" with fecal material, trash, and dead animals throughout the living space. She has been identified as 60-year-old Tegwen M. Davis. She has been charged with three counts of animal cruelty and two counts of improper disposal of a deceased animal.

Once inside, officers said they found more than 74 rabbits living in deplorable conditions. Police and Animal Control Officers had to wear protective clothing in order to safely remove the rabbits from the home and conduct their cruelty investigation.

In all, investigators said seventy-eight rabbits were removed from the home and two rabbits that had to be euthanized due to their physical condition. The animals are currently in at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Detectives said the owner is cooperating with the investigation. They are not releasing his information. The case remains under investigation by the Department's Animal Control Unit.

The public will have an opportunity to adopt the rabbits. Animal control told CBS station WTKR that the rabbits have been cleared by the city's Veterinarian, they will be placed for adoption at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.

The cost to adopt a rabbit is $15. The animals can be picked up at the shelter located at 341 South Birdneck Rd in Virginia Beach. They could be ready for new homes as early as Saturday morning.


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