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Cruelty charges filed against W.Va. woman

November 19, 1996

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - a Martinsburg woman whose 10 pedigreed dogs were seized last week by Berkeley County animal control wardens was charged over the weekend with animal cruelty and operating a kennel without a license, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Lisa Marie Durm, no age available, of 2011 Turner Drive, faces up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, court records said. Court records also listed her address as 39 Washington St., Inwood.

Sgt. K.C. Bohrer of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department found five dogs inside Durm's home last week, according to court records.

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Four were in small transport kennels and one was loose in the house, court records said. Bohrer found four dogs in kennels outside and one loose outside, court records said.

No food or water was available to the animals, court records said. All 10 appeared to be thin and weak, court records said.

They were checked by a local veterinarian and found to be malnourished, court records said.

Durm could not be reached for comment Monday.

Last week John Wigh, a Berkeley County humane officer, seized all 10 dogs and brought them to the county's animal control kennel on South Queen Street in Martinsburg.

The purebred dogs included seven boxers, a whippet, a Boston terrier and a curly coated retriever, said Wigh, who has been trying to find foster homes for the dogs.

People providing foster homes in such cases don't get paid but they do have first choice to adopt an animal in the event a defendant is convicted, Wigh said. Durm also could get her dogs back if she is found innocent, he said.

Two cats, an iguana and a snake also were seized last week from Durm's home, Wigh said. He found foster homes for the cats and reptiles.

Wigh could not be reached for comment Monday.

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