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Hearing could determine W.Va. case

August 22, 2000

Hearing could determine W.Va. case



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A preliminary hearing will be held Thursday before Magistrate Court Judge Ruth Donaldson to determine if probable cause exists to try Frank Snodgrass on charges of animal cruelty.

Snodgrass was charged with six counts of animal cruelty. Police and animal control officers discovered 30 Russian Wolfhounds in a house at 132 Morningside Drive off Spring Mills Road. The animals were emaciated and living in filth, including feces piled up to 3 feet high, according to police reports. Many of the animals were taken in by people who have an interest in these kinds of dogs, also called Borzois. Others died.

Snodgrass' attorney James Campbell of Leesburg, Va., said "it would be inappropriate to comment on the case before it goes to court."

In papers filed with Magistrate's Court, Campbell is trying to have suppressed the evidence police say they found the night of May 17.

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Campbell argues in the court papers that police did not have permission to enter the home and that Snodgrass' wife, Terri, told them not to come in.

All the charges against Snodgrass are misdemeanors.

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