Accused of abandoning my home and leaving my dog
I have owned and cared for Benji since 2006 and have never been accused of animal companion issues. On 10/4, I responded to a 2nd attempted door-door rabbies check notice from animal control. Animal control stated they were investigating a complaint
of animal abandonment and had an ordered search my home & seize Benji. note: was given just a warrant, no affidavit & warrant was signed by a clerk???? (is this legal in virginia, or even in any virginia counties?
here is my viewpoint
a. Benji was listed as sufficient health by local veterinarian whom the animal control officer took him to get checked out the day of seizure. Coincidentally, this is the same vet hospital I take Benji to for his shots and grooming.
[Last visit was June of this year, or 2.5 months ago]
ii. I clean up after Benji and feed him kibble & bits, spring water, dog treats.
(walmart brands for 88 cents per gallon of water; 10-15 dollars for food and dog treats each [I drink the same water])
iii. We play chase with either other using his dog bone or treats (we run back & forth across the house)
Please note: Benji is a small house dog. I don't like him out a lot, especially on his owned because he picks up ticks.
Abandonment (as described by law, I believe this basis to be unproven)
Please Note: Animal control stated they were investigating a complaint and subsequently sent me two notices for response 10/2 & 10/3.
i. I responded to the 2nd notice at my home on 10/4.
ii. I maintain good standing with my mortgage, taxes, car note, and utility bills.
iii. The animal control officer noted she can definitely tell i love my dog and want him back home with me. She stated she would actually try to speak to the court
attorney to see if my dog can be returned to me before the court date.
the district attorney allow the control officer to return the dog to me and said they would monitor my care for two court dates. 1st appearance is on 11/5.
i am not care for the dog by being home or having the dog boarded.