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Dogs Seized on Greenway Awarded to County

Loudoun County judge gives county custody of nine pit bull and pit bull mixes.

Nine pit bull and pit bull-mix dogs seized from two men on the Dulles Greenway earlier this month now belong to Loudoun County.

A Loudoun County judge awarded custody of the dogs to the county's Animal Control after a hearing Sept. 19, according to LoudounTimes.com.

The nine dogs were among the 10 discovered after a Loudoun County Animal Services officer stopped Sept. 7 to assist two men with a puppy along the Dulles Greenway shoulder near Shreve Mill Road. During the stop, the officer spotted multiple dogs of varying ages and degrees of health.

Authorities believe the men were transporting the dogs from several other states, some destined for Virginia, others elsewhere, according to a press release from Loudoun County.

At this week's court hearing, officials did not comment on the condition of the dogs, but said one of the dogs had died since they were seized, LoudounTimes.com reported.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office assisted Animal Services in arresting Tremain Dene Johnson, 44, of Lithonia, Ga., and Harry Ortice Puckett, 33, of Elgin, Ill. Both men were charged with importing pet dogs in Virginia without a certificate of veterinary inspection, a Class 1 misdemeanor. 

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail and $2,500 in fines. 

The men will appear in court Oct. 10, LoudounTimes.com reports.

Donnmaria Tucker Killinger September 22, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Who took care of the dogs once they were seized? What will happen to the dogs now that they are the property of Loudoun County? Will they go to a No Kill shelter for adoption? Foster homes, etc.? Why is the fine so low considering they had nine (9) dogs in their possession?
Annette Fox September 22, 2012 at 06:24 PM
What is the ages of the 8 dogs and the health of them now. As one of the dogs is now dead can't the men be charged with a stronger charge? Please tell me the dogs are in a no kill shelter. Have the dogs been named or pictures taken. I wish I could help but I'm retired due to being disabled! Please get back to me. Thank You, Ms.Annette Fox fox43492@aol.com
Erica R. Hendry September 23, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Hi everyone, This was all the information we had available at publishing time. When we get more we will provide an update. Thanks for reading Erica

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