Owner of abandoned beagles sought

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Oct 02, 2013 - 12:58 PM

Photo: Volunteers, employees, and board members of the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society hold 12 of the 13 beagles found abandoned on Lighthouse Road in Bavon over the past couple of weeks. Shown, front from left, are Katy Charboneau, Angie Zierow, Lisa Swann, Jessica Evans, Amanda Davis, and executive director Betsy Henderson; back row, Sue Claar, Caitlin Donnelly, Ashton Shortt, Dee Bonk, and board members Scott Grady and Dr. Richard Crowder. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Volunteers, employees, and board members of the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society hold 12 of the 13 beagles found abandoned on Lighthouse Road in Bavon over the past couple of weeks. Shown, front from left, are Katy Charboneau, Angie Zierow, Lisa Swann, Jessica Evans, Amanda Davis, and executive director Betsy Henderson; back row, Sue Claar, Caitlin Donnelly, Ashton Shortt, Dee Bonk, and board members Scott Grady and Dr. Richard Crowder. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Jean Roberts, animal control officer for Mathews County, is seeking the public’s help in finding out who abandoned 13 beagles in Bavon.

Roberts said a jogger saw several beagle puppies on the side of Lighthouse Road last week and called to report them. School bus driver Yvonne Rich saw them, as well, and decided to round them up. She ended up with 11 dogs ranging in age from four months to five years, and she turned them in to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society.

Susan Thomas of the Mathews County Planning Office was working in the area later, said Roberts, and found another puppy, and Roberts scouted the area and found the 13th one on Monday.

Roberts said it was clear that the animals had been abandoned. Some were emaciated, with ribs showing, and had skin infections. They had no collars, but had marks on their necks where collars once were, and they were friendly and came to Rich when she called them.

Roberts said she has checked with local hunters and no one has reported their beagles missing. On Tuesday, she said she planned to check the dogs for microchips containing contact information.