Over 20 dogs found dead at Dinwiddie kennel, owner charged

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: February 17, 2020 | 9:50 a.m.

DINWIDDIE – Felony animal cruelty charges have been filed against a Dinwiddie man after animal control officers found over 20 dogs dead on his property during an animal welfare check last week.

According to Dennis Hale with Dinwiddie Fire and EMS, Floyd McNeil Maitland has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty after an anonymous request for an animal welfare check led Dinwiddie Animal Control to the property in the 12000 block of Boydton Plank Road on Feb. 14.

When officers arrived, they found a kennel that contained “ten individual dog pens and a common run area.” Within that area, officers discovered 21 deceased dogs and a lone surviving dog, which was removed from the area and taken in for treatment, with a full recovery expected.

“All of the dogs appear to have been a hunting breed commonly referred to as walkers or walker hounds,” Hale detailed Monday.

An investigation into the nearly two dozen decease dogs is active and their remains have been taken to Lynchburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory to determine their cause of death.

As for Maitland, Hale said additional charges may be brought forth as their investigation advances.

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