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20 Dogs Taken from Home, Owner Charged
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on March 28, 2013 @ 6:34PM
Created on March 28, 2013 @ 5:25PM
Twenty dogs are now looking for new homes after the Harrison County Sheriff's Department took them from their owner Thursday morning.

This wasn't the first time sheriff's deputies have had to warn Nancy Starkey about the animals she has kept at her home on the corner of Chestnut Street and Route 98. Now, she's charged with one count of animal cruelty and her dogs were taken away.

All together there were 20 dogs. 11 are adults and 9 are puppies. All the dogs were being kept in the garage or kennels, so they were confined to small places. The good news is that most of them are in good health and humane officers believe they will be adoptable.
They were being taken to animal control on Thursday afternoon. The Humane Society of Harrison County would be checking all the animals to see which ones can be adopted.

If you're interested in taking one of these dogs to their forever home, you can visit the humane society or animal control in Shinnston.

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Comments (6)
Mar 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM
Does the first comment really say "make sure animals are chained to dog houses 24 hours a day" ? I sure hope you don't own any pets! A responsible dog owner DOES NOT chain a dog to a dog house for 24 hours. That makes you no better than the person they took these dogs from. I agree that dogs should not run loose, dogs are pack animals and it would be cruel to chain them outside and alone. Most adoptions will only take place if your yard is fenced and the dog isn't left outside for long periods of time. Please if you have a dog and you keep it tied, find a better home for it.
Mar 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM
This person may be a hoarder and not mean to hurt the pets in an way shape or form . Just may not be able to understand that the animals may be in bad conditions. Money may be a big issue most vets charge BIG money and want it all at the time of the service and will not take payment plans leaving the animal owner feeling helpless. Educate people when they become a pet owner for all who have newspaper adds and for all who post signs get to these folks to have a letter about spay and neuter and that animals have feelings .
Mar 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM
The dogs were all in good condition. They were kept in kennels or in the garage. There has been nothing reported that I have heard that she has done anything considered animal cruelty. It sounds like the new paradigm of government taking away a person's freedom.

I know lots of dogs that are kept outside all winter also in climates much worse than WV. Neighbors complained and I think the reaction of confiscating her apparently pure bred dogs is an over reach by authorities. If there were any violations she should be allowed to address them and get her dogs back.
Mar 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM
Some people are just too stupid to have pets. There is NOTHING wrong with having your dogs on a running line or tied near their dog houses morons. I guess you'd PREFER they get shot by someone or run over in the road or possibly bite someone while running loose and they wouldn't know who owner was and if the dog had it's shots up to date??

It's one thing to love animals and want them to be safe and taken care of, but to go extreme and expect us to allow them to roam freely is not using common sense. Ignorance is not bliss.
Mar 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM
I agree with shutting down the puppy mills, but do not agree with your "chained to doghouses" comment. Why would you let your dogs run free and get hit on the road, or go to your neighbors and kill all the fruit trees in their yard. What about a famiy without pets that has to come out the front door to a hugh pile of dog pooh in your sidewalk. We need better pet owners, not ignorate people that let their dogs roam the neighborhoods. Its a leash law for a reason......
Mar 28, 2013 at 9:36 PM
It's about time they shut her down. She has been running a puppy mill for years and nothing was done. This lady has been reported numerous times. It's time for WV to change its animal rights laws. We need to enforce spay and neuter laws, make stricter animal cruelty laws and make sure that animals are chained to dog houses 24 hours a day. There are very progressive states that enforce these laws and have managed to lower their pet overpopulation and even come to WV to save our dogs here because we are so lacking in our animal right measures. It's time to make a true change.
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