Shelter to keep dogs seized in Carroll County

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ROANOKE — Every dog has its day, and for 63 dogs seized from what state investigators called deplorable conditions in a Carroll County kennel, their day may have been Jan. 13, when they were officially turned over to a Roanoke shelter.

Many of the dogs should be ready for adoption in about two weeks, according to Lisa O’Neill, the volunteer coordinator at Angels of Assisi, a nonprofit dedicated to helping animals. Some dogs still are receiving medical and dental care, and all will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

Angels of Assisi purchased the dogs from David Winesett, the owner of a Woodlawn kennel and a former chief dog warden in Carroll County.

“My client has got out of the dog business. He’s not going to be involved with that anymore,” said state Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Scott County), the attorney representing Winesett.

A representative of the shelter declined to disclose the terms of the deal.

The dogs have been cared for at the shelter since the mid-November seizure. Winesett has not faced criminal charges. A civil hearing to determine custody and placement of the dogs was dismissed in early December because it was not held within 10 days of the seizure as required by law.

A circuit court judge upheld that ruling on appeal Dec. 17, and it appeared Winesett’s dogs would be returned to him.

In the past month, however, Winesett opted to give up the business and quit breeding dogs, according to Kilgore.

When the Yorkshire terriers, dachshunds, poodles, Boston terriers and schnauzers arrived in Roanoke, they were treated for damaged nails, decayed teeth, infected ears and paws, and other injuries — the likely result of living in cramped and dirty quarters, according to those involved in the case.

About 10 of the dogs seized are puppies. The rest are older dogs that had been bred. Because of the conditions in the kennel where the dogs were kept, O’Neill said there are some things those interested in adopting should know.

“They need to be prepared for a dog that might have some issues or need to be socialized. It will require patience and understanding, but it’s well worth the time,” she said.

• For adoption information, visit angelsofassisi.org