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Christen Waddle, and her jail mug shot
SoVaNow.com / January 03, 2018
Christen Waddle of Vernon Hill, who was charged with two counts of misdemeanor and felony larceny after seeking to turn over an emaciated hunting dog to Halifax County Animal Control, is in the clear after the charges were dropped Wednesday morning in Halifax County General District Court.

Waddle was charged Dec. 26, following a Dec. 20 exchange at a Centerville gas station with a group of hunters. The hunters were seeking to retrieve "Slick," a male hunting dog, and a GPS tracking collar that the dog was wearing. The collar, valued at $300, triggered the felony charge under Virginia statute setting the threshold for felony theft at $200 or higher value.

In the Halifax courtroom on Wednesday, Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin asked that the charges against Waddle be dropped. A judge granted the request. Martin indicated she would issue a statement on the case later in the day.

Waddle was originally slated to be in court to set arrangements for a lawyer to handle her criminal defense, an expense she said would run to $5,000.

Following the decision, the Vernon Hill mother of two said she would pursue charges against county animal control for falsely charging her with a crime.

The News & Record is preparing a full account of the court outcome and the aftermath for the Thursday, Jan. 4 print edition.

This story will be updated.




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The county should have charged the owner of this dog for animal cruelty. Why wasn't this done?

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I feel the owners should have been charges instead of this beautiful rescue lady. You think you are doing a good deed then you are the one that gets reprimanded for the good deed. She did everything she was suppose to do. It's all the owners fault. The dog shouldn't have looked like that going out in public. Someone was going to turn him in eventually.


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