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Charles Town men face cruelty charges

October 23, 2007

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police responding to a call Saturday about theft of utilities on Ann Street found six dogs being kept in cages with no food or water, police said.

The cages were in a garage area and there was a "distinct and unhealthy" feces odor, according to Patrolman A.F. Jenkins and Patrolman J.W. Newlin of the Charles Town Police Department.

Newlin said he went to the house and met the owner, Larry Brown Jr., and asked him about "the extension cord." Brown said it was not his and called for his roommate to come down, Newlin said.

Newlin said he continued to talk about the utilities until an animal control officer arrived.

One of the dogs was severely underfed and two of the dogs had deep abrasions on their faces and appeared to be bloody, the officers said.

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Brown Jr., 25 of 212 Ann St., and Lamar Patterson, 20, of 194 Huyett Road, Charles Town, were both charged with animal cruelty, said Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Conviction on the charge carries a possible punishment of a fine of $300 to $2,000 and/or jail up to six months.

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