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More charges filed in Falling Waters dog case

May 24, 2000

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - Five additional counts of neglect were filed Tuesday against a man who allegedly had 29 Russian wolfhounds in his home, police said.

Frank M. Snodgrass, 48, was free Wednesday on $5,000 bond. He now faces six counts of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor. Each count carries a possible fine of $100 to $1,000, plus up to six months in jail, upon conviction.

Police and animal control officers went to Snodgrass's house at 132 Morningside Drive in north Berkeley County at about 3 a.m. on May 17.

Berkeley County Animal Control Officer Jason Ahalt said police received a 911 call to help a woman screaming inside the house.

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When West Virginia State Police arrived and found more than a dozen dogs inside, they called animal control officers for help. Ahalt said there were 29 wolfhounds, or Borzois, spread throughout the house, with large piles of feces on the floors. The dogs had no food or water, he alleged.

In a criminal complaint, Ahalt alleged that nine dogs were living in a makeshift kennel in the kitchen and that feces there was three feet high.

The dogs were removed from the house and have been taken in by members of a Borzoi rescue group. One of four puppies died.

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