Friday, November 14, 2008

Felony Animal Cruelty

The Martinsburg Police Dept responded to 252 E. Burke St on Nov 12 at 8:00 pm and assisted Berkeley County Animal Control with an animal cruelty complaint.
A 3 year old Pit Bull was found within the residence and was a victim of malnutrition, neglect and abuse which consisted of taping the dogs mouth closed with duct tape and it was chained in the attic of the house. The dog had open wounds on its nose and mouth. The dog was very underweight and was visibly shaken. Witnesses said the abuse had been going on for several weeks and that the dog had also been beaten.

Arrested in this was the dog owner:
Randall Craig Siford age 33
252 E. Burke St

Also arrested was Breshannon L. Devereaux Age 33 of 252 E. Burke St.
The dog was turned over to Animal Control and it was taken for treatment for its injuries. The suspects were arrested on Nov 13. Devereaux was arrested at 252 E. Burke St and Siford was later picked up after he was found hiding in the house. Both are charged with Felony Animal Cruelty. The cruelty of the animal was described as one of the top 5 cases of animal cruelty within the City.

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