RACC locates owner of final dog from Animal Motel raid

RACC locates owner of final dog from Animal Motel raid
RACC can not identify this dog's owner. (Source: RACC/Facebook)
Joseph T. Meyers (Source: Richmond Police Department)
Joseph T. Meyers (Source: Richmond Police Department)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Animal Care and Control says a dog that went unclaimed after a raid last week at The Animal Motel on Lombardy Street has been reunited with her owner.

In a Facebook post Tuesday morning, RACC said Stella's owners would be picking her up soon.

RACC says the family was out of town over the weekend.

Stella was one of about 20 dogs rescued in the rain on Friday. No one came forward during the weekend to claim her, and there was very little information other than a sign on her door that said "Stella."

Investigators say Joseph Meyers runs the Animal Motel. Pet owners trusted him to care for and train their dogs. Instead investigators say he neglected them. They say some were living in their own waste and the building did not have electricity.

"We're working with the police department too because there are some unrelated animal issues that were happening there as well," said Chipps-Peters. "So it's a team effort to see what we can do to shut this place down for good."

The support from the community has been astounding, she said. Not only have donations come in, but RACC says Hanover and Henrico animal shelters took in dogs to help with overcrowding.

"We're all on the same team here," said Chipps-Peters.

But these rescues means hours and hours of paperwork and RACC hopes somebody could help them out.

"Making sure that we're dotting all of our i's and crossing all of our t's and making sure we're doing everything that we can so we can provide care for these pets," she said.

The work load will increase. This is the fifth seizure case just this year and RACC says investigators are working on two more. But, they really can't pay much.

"We would love an assistant that we could pay in donuts," said Chipps-Peters.

It may take some time to get official charges filed against Meyers.

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