A resident of Stollings, W.Va. was arrested Aug. 6 after authorities were alerted to a neglected animal on her property.
On July 26, Trooper S.P. Bowling with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) received an animal cruelty complaint for the residence of Jennifer Renee Bailey, 31, of Stollings. Upon arrival at the property, Bowling reports he found a dog that appeared neglected with visible ribs, hip bones and vertebrae.
While questioning Bailey, Bowling reports she advised she had been out of town for a week and had been unable to feed the dog. Bowling was able to find a witness who stated they believed the dog had not been fed in about a month.
Bailey is charged with a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals. If Bailey is found guilty, she could be forced to spend up to six months in a state correctional facility and pay up to $2,000 in fines. Bond was set to $3,500. On Aug. 6, Bailey was able to post bond as is free pending trial.
• A Big Creek woman was arrested Aug. 6 on charges she pelted a man with rocks as he drove along Limestone Branch in Logan County.
The criminal complaint filed by Trooper First Class B.K. Wellman, with the WVSP, details that Debra Bell, 54, of Big Creek, threw multiple rocks at the victim’s vehicle. One of the rocks reportedly came through an open window on the vehicle and struck the driver in the head while the rest of the rocks hit the vehicle.
Wellman reports the victim exhibited bleeding and injury, and their vehicle showed damage as well.
Bell is charged with a felony count of malicious wounding. If Bell is found guilty, she could be forced to spend between two and 10 years in state correctional facility. Bond was set to $3,500. On Aug. 6, Bell was able to post bond and is free pending trial.
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Owen Wells is reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]