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More Than 30 Great Danes Rescued From Virginia Home

The 32 rescued dogs were in poor to near death health. Two people face felony animal cruelty charges.
Credit: King & Queen County Sheriff's Office Va.
The dogs were discovered following an August 17 search of a property on Owens Mill Road.

ST STEPHENS CHURCH, Va. — Sheriff's deputies rescued 32 Great Danes from a home in St. Stephens Church, Va. in poor health. 

Officials said they executed a search warrant at the home on 2668 Owens Mill Road where they found 20 dogs and 12 puppies. They said the dogs' health ranged from poor to near death.

Police said five of the dogs were barricaded inside a "small, dilapidated camper" and "both the camper and the dogs were covered in feces and urine" with no food or water. The remainder of the dogs were inside the residence, police said, with very little food and water.

Credit: King & Queen County Sheriffs Office Va.
The dogs are being held at the King William Regional Animal Shelter.

Police said the home was in such poor condition, the state health department and county zoning office had to be called.

Two people, Richard Awlasewicz and Candice Wheat, are facing felony animal cruelty charges as a result. Awlasewicz owns 101danes, according to police. 

Officials said there will be a hearing Sept. 20, 2019 at the King and Queen General District Courthouse to determine if the dogs will be returned to their owners.

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The Sheriffs Office said the dogs are being taken care of at King William Regional Animal Shelter and most of their conditions are improving daily. They said none of the dogs can be fostered or adopted just yet, but you can private message the King and Queen County Sheriff's Office on Facebook here if you're interested for later.

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