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Goochland animal rescue owner charged, 5 dogs euthanized

GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) -

The Goochland County Sheriff's Office has charged the owner of a dog rescue organization with animal cruelty.

NBC12 did a special investigation into the background of Annette Thompson following a fire at her home.

Thompson now faces five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Five dogs were seized from her property - the dogs were euthanized due to their physical condition.

We spoke to the executive director of a group that has been fighting Thompson's Pet Rescue Foundation for years.

Sue Bell with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue based in Arlington picked up 7 dogs, 5 puppies, and 2 rabbits form the rescue foundation on Tuesday.

"There are several dogs out of this bunch that seem to be in pretty bad shape physically," said Bell who notes some of the animals have large tumors.

"We feel that the situation has been bad...in fact dire for years," said Bell. "We finally have gotten someone to go on the property and see what we have been seeing for years."

The five charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine on each charge. Thompson will be in court April 15.

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