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Posted May 2, 2012 | comments 5 Comments

Woman charged with animal cruelty

A Strasburg woman was charged with several counts of animal cruelty recently, according to the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office.

Margaret Elizabeth Gonzalez, 36, of 14447 Back Road, was charged April 27 with four counts of animal cruelty, three counts of failing to provide clean shelter and three counts of failing to obtain a dog license.

Deputies were dispatched to 3392 Main St. on April 27 for an anonymous request to check the welfare of the dogs, Maj. Scott Proctor said. He said the dogs were in a house being fed, but not cleaned up after.

The animals' living environment was deemed unhealthy, Proctor said.

Gonzalez is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court on May 11.

5 Comments | Leave a comment

    There goes "anonymous" again. Folks finger pointing there neighbors should have to go on the record with their names.

    Why should they have to go on record, for retaliation purposes? Take care of the animals and there wouldn't be a need to report it. Besides, they aren't the ones charging her, the police are, hence the police officer's name & signature at the bottom of the warrant/summons.

    Signed,

    ANONYMOUS

    There are many people who will not come forward when an animal is in trouble. It is correct that cruelty or abuse or unhealthy living conditions be reported. There is no reason why callers should not be anonymous.

    Animals cannot speak for themselves: they need our help. It is our duty to treat all animals in a humane way and offer assistance when needed.

    And now that the temp. are rising, please be alert to dogs inside cars. Every year dogs suffer strokes and brain damage from being left in cars or trucks. It only takes a few minutes for a dog to overheat: they cannot sweat (as we do) and have no cooling system.

    If you see a dog locked up inside a vehicle (regardless if the window(s) is cracked or rolled down.) - CALL 911.

    If you don't have a cell phone, go into the nearest store, and ask for assistance. Please do not accept an indifferent attitude. Speak out against this ignorance and cruelty. Stay alert to your surroundings and take action if need be. The police will get involved to help you because they do understand how serious this problem is.

    YES, call 911 - that's what a police officer, in fact a couple told me to do. Then animal control will hopefully get involved and if not - the police.

    This isn't about you and your dog. It's about the many who don't think or care. You should be taking a different attitude and be happy that a few of us give a damn. TRY to get your freakin' ego out of the way!

    Frankly I get sick and tired of having yet another fight, but it's better than seeing an animal suffer. Just once I would like to hear someone say, "thanks for bringing it to my attention, I wasn't thinking."

    Hiding in the corner? I've been called every name in the book by ignorant jerks that can't see the bigger issue. If you take care of your animal, I'm thrilled. I wish others would too. The Human Society advises people to "get involved". Many will not because they don't want to upset people like you. Dumping stuff all over another person's car? GROW UP!

    WHILE I AM SURE YOU CERTAINLY LOVE YOUR PETS, I CANNOT SEE WHY SUCH A "BIG DEAL" WAS MADE ABOUT SOMEONE REQUESTING THE SECURITY PEOPLE TO CHECK YOUR VEHICLE WITH THE ANIMAL INSIDE. I THINK THIS SHOWS A GREAT DEAL OF CARING AND IF YOUR DOG WAS NOT IN ANY DANGER, WHY WOULD YOU MAKE AN ISSUE OF THIS. WE ARE DOG LOVERS AND WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH SOMEONE TAKING SUCH AN ACTION ON OUR BEHALF. DIANA WAS EXACTLY RIGHT. WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THE CORRECT CALL NUMBER TO USE IS 911. MOST PEOPLE WHO SEE THIS TYPE OF THING MAY NOT HAVE THE LOCAL POLICE/SHERIFF CALL NUMBERS AND 911 WOULD BE APPROPRIATE. I DO NOT FEEL OUR EMERGENCY DISPATCH ARE STRETCHED TO THE LIMIT ON ANIMAL CONTROL CALLS. MAYBE THIS COULD BE VERIFIED WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.


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