Woman faces multiple animal cruelty charges in Hanover after 68 dogs found

Woman faces multiple animal cruelty charges in Hanover after 68 dogs found
Nearly 70 dogs were rescued from a home in Hanover. (Source: NBC12)
Nearly 70 dogs were rescued from a home in Hanover. (Source: NBC12)

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A woman faces 11 charges after nearly 70 dogs were recovered last week from a Montpelier home last week.

Stephanie Saunders, 33, was charged Wednesday with five counts of cruelty to animals, five counts of inadequate care and one count of sale of an unweaned animal.

Last week, 34 puppies and 34 adult dogs were rescued from a home on Connie Hall Road in Montpelier. According to court documents, Saunders was breeding labradors, Saint Bernards, and golden retrievers at the home.

The Hanover Sheriff's Office says Saunders was advertising puppies for sale on the website PuppyFinder.com.

Dogs appeared malnourished and were covered in feces and urine, court documents state.

Saunders is currently held at the Pamunkey Regional Jail with a $3,500 bond.

Several residents have donated money to the Hanover County Animal Shelter. The donations will go toward the overall care and well-being of the 68 dogs that were rescued during the investigation.

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