Preston County man charged with 75 counts of animal cruelty
KINGWOOD, W.Va. -- A Preston County man is facing 75 counts of animal cruelty.
Magistrate Court officials say 42-year-old Eglon resident David Wayne Shahan was released Tuesday on a $5,000 bond.
Last month, sheriff's deputies seized more than 100 animals, including 61 chickens, 34 rabbits, seven dogs and five goats.
Sgt. J.L. Root Jr. says he got a tip about mistreatment and found eight dead rabbits and a dead dog on a visit in January.
The rabbits and chickens had no access to food and water. Root says at least three dogs appeared malnourished.
If convicted, Shahan faces fines of up to $2,000 and up to six months in jail on each count.
The Dominion Post (http://bit.ly/VUPk3g) says a plea hearing is set for March 12.
Shahan's phone was busy Wednesday morning.