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Berkeley man receives 3 years

November 22, 2000

Berkeley man receives 3 years



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County man who was convicted of six counts of animal cruelty in connection with 30 Russian wolfhounds being kept in his house was given the maximum jail sentence Tuesday.

Berkeley County Magistrate Ruth Donaldson sentenced Frank Snodgrass, 48, to three years in jail, said Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Steve Groh.

Donaldson also ordered Snodgrass to pay a $6,000 fine and $1,600 in restitution, Groh said.

Snodgrass appealed Donaldson's ruling to Circuit Court, Groh said.

Donaldson set an appeal bond for Snodgrass for $6,000, Groh said.

Snodgrass was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night and must pay $6,000 in cash to be released, Groh said.

Snodgrass, who kept the dogs at his house on 132 Morningside Drive near Spring Mills Road, had been free on bond.

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During an earlier hearing in magistrate court, an animal control officer testified that the wolfhounds were malnourished and had a wide range of medical problems. Six of the dogs died.

The dogs were taken from the Falling Waters home in May.

Authorities found feces piled 3 feet deep in the home and officers, overwhelmed by the odor, borrowed air masks from a local fire department. The home has been condemned, and health officials ordered a cleanup because of the threat of disease, rodents and other risks associated with animal waste.

Cleanup work has been intensive at the house in recent weeks, the neighbors said.

The restitution which Snodgrass was ordered to pay Tuesday was to help pay for animal boarding services that animal control officials arranged, Groh said.

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