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Hunting dog owner fined for lack of veterinary care / February 08, 2018
The owner of a hunting dog at the center of a dispute that led to criminal charges against a Halifax woman — later dropped — was fined for a misdemeanor offense Tuesday morning in Halifax County General District Court.

Nicholas Jones, the owner of “Slick,” a hunting dog that went astray and was picked up by a local woman who was later charged with felony and misdemeanor theft, was in court Tuesday before Judge William Watson Jr. Jones, who was charged with one count of failing to provide veterinary care to the dog, pleaded guilty. Judge Watson imposed a $150 fine plus $89 in court costs.

Jones originally had been charged with two additional counts of failure to provide adequate shelter and three counts of failing to obtain county tags or have dogs vaccinated against rabies. Those charges were dropped following testimony by Animal Control Officer Andre Claughton who said the shelter, vaccination, and tag issues had all been corrected.

After Slick wandered off during a Dec. 20 hunting foray, the dog was picked up by Christen Waddle on Route 360 west of Halifax, after she nearly struck the animal with her car. Waddle took possession of the dog, which was wearing a tracking collar valued at around $300, and later met up with Jones and his hunting party at a Centerville gas station. After words were exchanged and Animal Control and a deputy reported to the scene, Waddle gave Slick over to Animal Control, which in turn gave the dog back to Jones with orders to take it to the vet.

Diagnosed with distemper and in an emaciated state, Slick was euthanized during the veterinarian visit the next day.

Days later, Waddle was charged with grand larceny and petty larceny. At a court appearance on Jan. 3, Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Martin asked that all charges be dismissed, which was agreed to by the court.

In another animal cruelty case heard in Judge Watson’s courtroom Tuesday, Earl Walton was tried on a charge of failing to provide food and water to a dog he abandoned at a relative’s home.

Animal Control Officer Allison Dunn testified about the condition of the dog the day she responded to a citizen complaint, and added that she fed the dog herself twice. She further testified that that the dog had been chained, and that in order to retrieve the dog they had to use a bolt cutter to break the chain.

Watson fined Walton $250 and $89 in court costs. In addition, he declared that Walton could not possess a companion animal for 36 months.

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excellent. They should raise kennel license fees considerably since most of the fees incurred by animal control involve hunting dogs and abandoned dogs after the season. AND if dog owners have a right to enter any land where their dogs are animal control should have same right to inspect premises of ALL kennel license holders ANNAULLY! We also want to see increased fines for cruelty and lack of care be increased. MOser needs to get on this now. These yahoos have no issues running near dead dogs and then claim its their best dog. Additionally each kennel license holder should prove care and vaccines are being given consistently.

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