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February 12, 2020

Owner of raided kennel faces 4 more felonies

Irina S. Barrett, 41, faces five animal cruelty charges.
A Fauquier sheriff’s animal control deputy on Wednesday filed four more criminal charges against the owner Broad Run dog breeding kennel raided Jan. 28.

Authorities last month seized more than 70 dogs from Irina Barrett’s property at 6205 Beverly’s Mill Road and charged her with one count of animal cruelty.

The new felony charges — also for animal cruelty — resulted from “the medical condition of four particular dogs,” Sgt. James Hartman said Wednesday. “When seized, the dogs are alleged to have been in dire need of veterinary care. It is further alleged this lack of care has caused severe and undue suffering.”

Sgt. Hartman added: “Deputies took Barrett into custody at her Broad Run residence. She is being held on a $4,000 secured bond at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center.”

Ms. Barrett will return to Fauquier County General District Court on March 25 to face the charges.

The county also has petitioned the court to grant it custody of the dogs, mostly Doberman pinchers and French bulldogs. Judge J. Gregory Ashwell will hear that case — a civil matter — on March 10.

Meanwhile, the dogs remain quarantined at the Fauquier SPCA shelter near Casanova.

Ms. Barrett’s defense attorney last week told Judge Ashwell that only seven of the dogs belong to Ms. Barrett and that most of them have other owners.

Her kennel operation made news six years ago in a high-profile zoning case.

After three public hearings in 2013, the Fauquier County Board of Zoning Appeals voted, 5-0, to deny Ms. Barrett’s application to expand her Canis Maximus Kennel beyond 12 dogs. The kennel operated on 4.9 acres at 6205 Beverley’s Mill Road.

Neighbors and humane activists opposed the kennel expansion.

The recent investigation started with the death of a dog, according to authorities.

“In late January, Animal Control deputies were contacted by authorities with Baltimore County Maryland Animal Control regarding a deceased dog reported to be owned by Irina Barrett,” Sgt. Hartman wrote in a press release last month. “This dog was allegedly left unclaimed at a veterinary clinic in Maryland. It was further alleged the dog showed signs of prolonged neglect. 
 
“The deceased dog was transferred to the Fauquier Health Department Agriculture Laboratory for necropsy. Animal Control deputies sought a search warrant for evidence of long-term cruelty and neglect possibly contributing to death. Preliminary results determined the dog did not receive adequate care and endured extreme suffering.” 
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