Nearly 90 animals seized due to unsanitary conditions, lack of veterinary care

POQUOSON, Va. – Newport News animal welfare officers seized a total of 88 animals from two homes on July 20, 2022, due to unsanitary homes and lack of veterinary care.

According to Kim Lee of the City of Newport News, there were 71 dogs, 10 cats, six hamsters and a guinea pig. 20 dogs were seized in one household and the other 68 were seized in the other. The two houses were close together on Curson Court and Trottwood Dr.

Beverly Mezzella lives in Trottwood, a few doors down from one of the houses where the animals lived.

“Every night I heard dogs barking, but it didn’t sound like normal barking, some of it sounded like dogs in distress,” Mezzella said.

Newport News Animal Welfare, the Poquoson Police Department, the Poquoson Fire Department and the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter were the agencies involved in the seizure.

Many seized animals have medical issues and are currently being treated.

“You couldn’t take care of that number of dogs, proper nutrition, proper care, proper medical care,” Mezzella said. “I’m just in shock and shocked that it’s so close to my home.”

Since the owners have not returned the animals, they are awaiting seizure at the Peninsula Regional Animal Sanctuary and are not currently up for adoption.

A court case for the seizure is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26. Charges are pending against the owners.


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