New Market woman charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty

WOODSTOCK — A New Market woman has been formally charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after authorities accused her of keeping more than 60 pets in poor conditions.

Nancy Ellen Jinkins, 52, is also the principal operator of Ardellen Animal Abode, a registered nonprofit animal rescue that lists its main address as Jinkins’ New Market home on the 9500 block of South Congress Street. Her nonprofit was registered by the IRS in November 2016, and has no reported finances yet.

The criminal complaint alleges that on June 29 Jinkins’ home had to be condemned by the Shenandoah County fire marshal because the residence had “extremely high” levels of ammonia – a statement from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported ammonia levels at 100 parts per million.

Jinkins’ home is listed as being 1,305 square feet in size. There were 31 dogs and 32 cats found inside the home, and 12 of those dogs and one cat had to be euthanized at the scene. The remaining animals were taken to the Humane Society of Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter for care.

“Most of these animals were living in small crates inside the residence covered in urine and feces,” the criminal complaint states.

Jinkins was released on a summons, and the conditions of her release require her to avoid using her nonprofit in any way except to dissolve it if she chooses to. She is also forbidden from owning, taking custody of, or possessing a pet in any way.

The 10 counts of animal cruelty stem from 10 animals found inside Jinkins’ home: Cheyanne, Cassie, Callie, Roscoe, BJ, and Chili, all pit bull mix dogs; Thunder, a boxer mix; Roscoe, a pointer mix; and Devin and Kitty, both orange cats.

A preliminary hearing in this case is set for July 21 in Shenandoah County General District Court. Each animal cruelty charge Jinkins is facing carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail.