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Man ordered to pay restitution in animal cruelty case

94 dogs were seized from the breeding business of Leonard Woods Jr.

August 30, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • In August of 2010, Berkeley County Animal Control officers seized 94 dogs, most of them pit bulls, from this home, YipYipDog Kennels LLC at 1206 S. Raleigh St., just outside Martinsburg, W.Va.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County magistrate Tuesday ordered the former owner of 94 dogs that were seized in August 2010 to pay nearly $3,000 in restitution for the care of the animals.

Leonard Woods Jr., 47, who pleaded guilty on April 25 to 20 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, has two years from that day to pay $2,856.89 in restitution, according to an order signed by Magistrate Harry L. Snow.

Woods is expected to end his two-year term of unsupervised probation on April 25, 2013, as part of a plea agreement reached in April, according to court records.

Woods, now of Louisville, Ohio, was originally charged with 94 counts of animal cruelty for each of the dogs that authorities removed from his breeding business at 1206 S. Raleigh St., just outside of Martinsburg. Woods had said in an interview last year that he was residing in the modular home where the animals were being kept.

 Authorities found some areas of the home to be urine-saturated and littered with feces, and some of the dogs appeared to have skin, eye and hair-loss conditions, according to court documents.

The plea agreement reached in the case allowed for the dismissal of 74 of the 94 counts, but Woods was fined $300 for each of the 20 remaining counts and sentenced to serve 30 days in jail, court records said. He was credited for time served.

Woods also was ordered to pay $185.80 in court costs for each of the 20 counts and a $120 in special assessment fees for probation , the records said.

The jail term was imposed in place of a six-month sentence that was suspended, according to court documents.

Each of the 20 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty came with a six-month sentence, but the plea agreement allows for the sentences to be served concurrently or at the same time if Woods violates probation, the records said.

Woods' conviction means he also must not have any contact with animals for five years in accordance with state law, according to court documents.

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