These dogs are the survivors.
The 9 out of 10 dogs that were rescued from starvation and poor treatment, allegedly at the hands of Thomas Seth Sedlock – who kept these dogs on short leashes for months without food or water, ultimately killing one of them.
“Mr. Sedlock, of course, was arrested yesterday and posted bond. He will have a preliminary hearing on the felony charge, with the misdemeanor charges now. If he is incarcerated that would have to be done within 10 days. Of course, he was able to post bond yesterday of $10,000. So the hearing will be set at a later date by Magistrate court,” Sheriff Mike Fridley, from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, told us.
Officials say they received a call from a concerned neighbor, and when they arrived at the house it was worse than they could have ever expected.
“They’re all covered in fleas, extremely skinny. Some of them have sores on them,” Tara Kincaid, manager at the New River Humane Society, said.
Police say that if it wasn’t for the Fayette County resident who informed them, there may not have been any dogs to rescue.
“At the Sheriff’s office, we have a lot of things that we deal with. From being criminals, dealing with abuse to an adult, elder, and we take it serious when they abuse animals too. Our fur babies, everybody calls them. I have animals. I love them. I care for them. They’re just like our children, so if you’re doing something wrong to a person or to an animal, we’re going to find you, we’re going to charge you, and you’re going to have your date in court. If someone sees something, the only way to find out is if somebody lets us know. So reach out to us through Crimestoppers West Virginia, through our department Facebook page, or just call me, and we will investigate and get to the bottom of it,” said Sheriff Fridley.
All none of the dogs, who were still alive but in very horrible conditions, were picked up by the Fayette Animal Control, and brought to the New River Humane Society.
In just 24 hours, the dogs are already in much better care and on the track to being healthy again.
“This morning we wormed and vaccinated all of them. Gave them a generic wormer. They’ve all been treated for fleas now, and in the next few days, I’ll have at least 4 or 5 of them taken to the vet, so we’ll know if there’s anything else we’re dealing with,” continued Kincaid.
Now that their conditions have greatly improved, officials are hoping that all nine of these dogs will find safe, healthy homes soon.