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Posted at 7:43 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Animal neglect charges for Va. man

By The Roanoke Times

A Thaxton, Va., man faces animal neglect charges stemming from the seizure of more than 100 dogs and cats from his mobile home.

The Roanoke Times reports that Ronald Lee Snellings remains free on bond.

He was charged Monday with 10 neglect counts.

Bedford County authorities removed 28 dogs and 74 cats from Snellings' home in September after neighbors complained about the animals.

Snellings' attorney, Bill Stanley, says there wasn't any intent to neglect the animals. Stanley says he expects Snellings to be found not guilty on all charges.

By The Roanoke Times  | November 18, 2010; 7:43 AM ET
Categories:  Animal Stories, Virginia  
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Oh good Lord...can you imagine what that scene looked and smelled like? Just the thought of it almost had my breakfast making a return appearance...ugh.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 18, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if he is one of the clowns who gets on the WP Comments and bad-mouths PG County and SE DC.

Posted by: ceefer66 | November 18, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Hey ceefer66, the only clowns bad mouthing PG and SE are people that have it better than you. We drive nicer cars, wear nicer jewelry, have bigger TV's, dress nicer and wear more bling than you will ever have. How does it feel knowing we will always be better than you? Bwhahahah...

Posted by: farmanimal911 | November 18, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Animal hording is a medically diagnosable and treatable condition. What they never show on the hording programs on television is that they have pills which can help treat the condition.

Funny they never diagnose money hording as a medical condition.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 18, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm certainly glad I canceled my dinner engagement at R. L. Snellings' "home" a few weeks ago!

Posted by: kinkysr | November 18, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

As an animal enthusiast, I can sympathize with this man. The animal hoarding condition does of course resound here BUT there is an important thing that needs to be understood. Of course it is not sensible to keep more animals than you have space for but I think it is equally hard to decide which ones you give to the shelter. For most of us we equate animal services with "getting rid of the dog"(cat, rabbit, iguana) I don't know this man but I know some like him and it started with one or two homeless pets and it's like they told all the others "hey, this guy will feed you, come on over". You paut out food for one stray and lo and behold another comes or ones pregnant and so on. Okay, you know you can't keep them all, who do you give up? Yes, a responsible adult gives them up. Someone who is putting off the inevitable doesn't. Is this really a "bad" person? Couldn't we as a society have a little compassion and say hey let me help you find them homes.
A very nice young lady in PG (Michelle this is for you girl) had a neighbor, an older man who was feeding the stray cats. Well after about a year he had a plethora of pregnant cats. Michelle who worked at vet came in and took over. She advertised on Craig's List for kitten giveaways and told everyone about the fee (Nominal) that we would pay for the kitten. This fee was for getting "mom" fixed once the kittens were weaned. When I picked up our now georgeous big tiger he was being held by three teens who were helping her with the cats. These guys were huge but they handled those cats like precious diamonds. Did Michelle call the older man crazy? NO. Was this a good experience for at least 5 people that day? Definately. All in all she took her time and gave enormously and probably at least 20 cats spayed and neutered through pure ingenuity. Would it have been okay for them to be dumped off at "the Pound"? For some people sure, I still have a problem with that. Bottom line is these people need our help, not our scorn for being sensitive souls. Hey Michelle, Max-we call him Itty Bitty is 20 pounds and neutered and we thank you all the time for him. Bless you, that older man, and your helpers (Itty's first daddies)

Posted by: stopthemadness | November 18, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

So sad and tragic. Laura Quebbemann

Posted by: laura-quebbemann | November 23, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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