4 charged, more than 70 animals seized in Preston

KINGWOOD (AP) — Four Preston County residents each face 68 cruelty charges after authorities seized more than 70 malnourished animals from their home.

The Dominion Post reports that the animals include 29 dogs, 14 cats, five guinea pigs, two pot belly pigs, 20 chickens and a goat.

Authorities went to the home near Rowlesburg late Friday in response to a complaint.

Preston County sheriff’s deputies reported that the animals didn’t have food or water and were underfed. Most were living on piles of feces and garbage. Two dead chickens were found inside a coop.

Deputies arrested 44-year-old George Moats Jr., 66-year-old Terry Bennett , 59-year-old Richard Moats and 31-year-old Tonya Moats. All four suspects are being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $5,000 bond each.

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