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May 5, 2022

Sumerduck man arrested for animal cruelty

Oscar Benitez Santos
A Sumerduck man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty following an investigation by Animal Control deputies, according to Sgt. William Kemper with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday, the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit, in collaboration with the Fauquier County SPCA and the Department of Veterinarian Medicine, carried out a search warrant at the residence of Oscar Benitez Santos, 43, of Sumerduck, in the 5100 block of Stewart Road after an investigation following reports of animal abuse.

Last month, Animal Control deputies received tips about a stray dog belonging to Santos. Upon further investigation, Animal Control deputies, Fauquier County SPCA and Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine, were able to identify there were other animals on the property, including two other dogs. All dogs were taken to the FCSPCA, where they received immediate care.

Forty five chickens and three sheep were also found on the property, according to Kemper. After further investigation, deputies determined that the livestock also needed to be further examined by a veterinarian.

Santos was placed under arrest and charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. He was taken to the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center where he was held on a $2,500.00 secured bond.

This case remains under investigation, and further details will be provided when available.

Correction: This article has been updated with new and corrected information provided by the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office.
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tijundonghua60 · May 6, 2022 at 3:24 am
This proves that you must determine carefully before you want to raise anything. Even if it's a chicken or a duck, it's a problem drift f1
Awed · May 5, 2022 at 11:10 pm
Something is missing here. Tied up in the heat? Was it even hot last month? Had to be an extensive amount of time or something. The article doesn’t really give enough details to warrant an arrest? Sheep not sheered? Chickens injured? Is it from others pecking?
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