MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County Animal Control officers seized 94 dogs, most of them pit bulls, from a home just outside Martinsburg on Wednesday, following complaints from neighbors, Berkeley County Sheriff's Capt. D. Scott Richmond said Thursday.
Conditions at YipYipDog Kennels LLC at 1206 S. Raleigh St. were "deplorable," Richmond said.
Neighbors petitioned the county to remove the dogs, complaining of unbearable odor, garbage piled on the property and dogs not on leashes, he said.
"The health department actually came out and condemned the residence," Richmond said.
The health of the dogs ranged from "not so bad" to "not so good," he said.
The dogs were being cared for at more than one location, and Richmond said Animal Control was looking for people qualified to provide temporary care for the animals.
The investigation was ongoing, Richmond said.
Owner Leonard Woods Jr. defended the American pit bull terrier breeding business that he and his wife, Pamela, started in Akron, Ohio, about five years ago. They relocated to a modular home on the southern end of Martinsburg almost two years ago and Woods said he organized the limited liability corporation in West Virginia in July 2009, according to the Secretary of State's office.