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Two women charged with 25 counts of animal cruelty in New Kent

By Community Member | July 11, 2019 4:39 pm

New Kent deputies seized more than 30 animals from a property on Courthouse Road in Providence Forge on July 9 after receiving an anonymous complaint.

Charges were field against Amy H. Bonnett, 61, of the 9100 block of Derbyshire Road, Richmond, and Cody Jean Porter, 32, of 8 N. Rose Avenue, Henrico in relation to the alleged incident.

According to a press release, a number of canines were located outside the structure in kennels without adequate shelter from natural elements and had dirty water. Officers entered the interior structure and deemed the location not suitable for animals to live in.

A search warrant was executed shortly before 3 p.m., with approximately 25 dogs living in deplorable inhumane conditions. The report alleged the interior structure was littered with animal feces, and the canines were housed in undersized crates. The canines’ coats were allegedly covered with urine. In addition, two cats and one hamster were discovered living in unsuitable habitats.

None of the animals had water available to them throughout the structure and the area was deemed unsanitary. With the assistance of King William Sheriff’s Office Animal Control staff, the animals were seized and transported to shelters for temporary residence.

Bonnett and Porter were each charged with 25 counts of animal cruelty and nine counts of failure to provide adequate care to domestic animals.