‘Deplorable, inhumane conditions:’ Mother, daughter face animal cruelty charges after over 30 animals taken from home

‘Deplorable, inhumane conditions:’ Mother, daughter face animal cruelty charges after over 30 animals taken from home

NEW KENT, Va. (WWBT) - A mother and daughter are facing animal cruelty and neglect charges after over 30 animals were seized from a New Kent home.

Animal control officials responded to a home in the 9100 block of South Courthouse Road on July 9, after receiving an anonymous complaint of dogs in a kennel.

Upon arrival, officials found Amy Bonnett, 61, of Richmond, and her daughter, Cody Porter, 32, of Henrico, at the home.

Officials say there were several dogs outside the home in kennels, without proper shelter from the elements and dirty water. Deputies also found conditions not suitable for the animals located in and on the property.

A search warrant was obtained and executed by the New Kent Sheriff’s Office, and approximately 25 dogs were found living in “deplorable, inhumane” conditions inside the home.

“This tops the charts for deplorable conditions,” an animal cruelty officer said.

Deputies say the inside of the home was littered with animal feces, dogs were housed in undersized crates and the dogs’ coats were severely matted and stained with urine.

“Remember, they are living beings,” Sheriff McLaughlin said. "And we should treat them to the best of our ability.”

Two cats and a hamster were also found living in the home.

Officials say none of the animals in the house had water available to them throughout the home, and the entire structure was “deployable and completely unsanitary.”

All of the animals were seized.

Bonnett and Porter both face 25 counts of animal cruelty and nine counts of animal neglect.

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