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*Animal cruelty charges filed in Winchester dog seizure case

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Most of the eight dogs police seized from a city home in October have been adopted but the former owners face criminal charges of neglect.

Virginia F. Poling, 36, of 600 Lakeview Drive, Cross Junction, and Michael E. Poling, 47, of David Loy Drive, Augusta, W.Va., appeared for arraignment hearings in Winchester General District Court on Monday.

Judge Amy Tisinger scheduled their adjudication hearings for April 20.

Authorities have charged each defendant with eight counts of animal cruelty by deprivation, three counts of failing to show proof of rabies vaccinations and three counts of not paying the city dog license fee.

Police seized six puppies and two adult dogs from the Poling's former home at 536 Hillman Drive on Oct. 9, according to a criminal complaint filed in the court.

The SPCA also received a third adult dog, Shane, which, according to the complaint, did not show signs of neglect.

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