Woman Jailed on Animal Abuse Charges


West Virginia State Police say it’s one of the worst cases of animal abuse they’ve ever seen. And now the senior citizen who kept the dogs on her property is in jail.

After State Police discovered the dogs living in poor conditions on Sarah Phipps property in Cabell County, they obtained a warrant and arrested the 86 year old woman on multiple counts of animal cruelty. State Police say the dogs appeared to be malnourished, had mange, open wounds around the neck, and one dog was dead inside a box.

The dead dog appeared to have been dead for several days. The complaint also says Phipps used logging chains less than 3 feet long to the tie the dogs down. Cabell County Magistrate Patty Verbage-Spence set Phipps bond at 25-thousand dollars for each of the 13 counts.

Phipps says she innocent of the charges. She spent the night in the Western Regional Jail and will be extradited to Kentucky to face charges on worthless check charges. Animal control took the dogs to the shelter and put them up for adoption.


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