MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A pit bull found chained in the attic of a Martinsburg home Nov. 12 with open wounds and ribs showing had gained 10 pounds by Tuesday -- when two residents charged with abusing the animal were scheduled to make their first court appearance on felony counts of animal cruelty.
Since being rescued from 252 E. Burke St., the dog has received medical care from Martinsburg Animal Hospital and is recovering, but it remains in the custody of Berkeley County Animal Control, supervising officer Donna McMahan said Tuesday.
McMahan joined Animal Control officers in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on Tuesday afternoon for preliminary hearings scheduled for Breshannon Leslie Deveraux, 33, of 252 E. Burke St., Martinsburg, and Randall Craig Siford Jr., 34.
Deveraux has been in Eastern Regional Jail since Nov. 18, when she was arrested on a misdemeanor count of solicitation of prostitution. She waived her right to have a preliminary hearing within 20 days of her arrest on the animal cruelty charge. The hearing will be rescheduled.