Oak Hill man arrested for allowing two dogs to tangle chains; One put down

OAK HILL, WV (NEWS RELEASE) -A Fayette County man is in jail for severely neglecting his pets.

On January 4th, deputies with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and Fayette County Animal Control were dispatched to a home on Summerlee Road in Oak Hill regarding a possible animal neglect complaint. When they arrived they discovered two dogs that were severely neglected. The leashes on both had become entangled together making it difficult for the dogs to move. Both were terribly underweight and in critically poor health.

Animal Control removed both dogs from the scene and took them to a local veterinary hospital. One of the dogs was in such an extremely poor condition that it required euthinization. The other remains with the veterinary hospital for treatment.

The owner of the dogs, Caleb Sutphin, 32, Oak Hill had been arrested on 2 counts of Cruelty to Animals, and was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail in lieu of a $7,500.00 bond.

“Mistreating your animals is inexcusable and will not be tolerated” says Sheriff Fridley. “They rely on you for food, shelter and care. If you can’t handle the responsibility, you shouldn’t cause them to suffer for it”.

If you have any information regarding this incident or any other crimes, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590, or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by Deputy A.K. Keenan of the Fayette County Sheriffs Department.

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