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Louisa woman faces animal cruelty charges

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two kids were born at the Louisa Firemen’s Fairground on Saturday after their mother was removed from a local farm last week. Volunteers with Louisa Community Animal Response Team named them after CART founders Donnie and Rhonda Embrey.

More than 530 animals were seized from a Louisa County property in what has been described as the largest animal hoarder case in the county’s history.

“The conditions inside are pretty deplorable. That’s the best word I can use to describe it,” Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Stanton said at the scene on Nov. 29.

Clara Collier, 77, has been charged with five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and more charges may be pending, Major Donald Lowe said Monday.

It all started when the Louisa County Animal Control Division received a call about goats in the roadway on West Old Mountain Road.

“Our ACO officer came out, located the goats and went to try to bring them back in and found multitudes of animals that were actually in distress or actually deceased already,” Stanton said. “We started an investigation from there.”

Eleven animals were dead when officers arrived. Three goats and two guinea pigs, Stanton said, had to be euthanized, due to the nature and extent of their injuries and illness.

“It’s not something we like to do, but there was no choice in the matter in this one,” Stanton said.

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 7 edition of The Central Virginian.