Exotic and Wild Animals found in Summers County Home
Law enforcement in Summers County and throughout the state are cracking down on Animal control.
Chief Snavely with the Hinton City Police said he got a tip that a woman by the name of Rebecca Blunt was housing animals illegally. On Wednesday Hinton City Police, the Summers County Sheriff's Department, the Mayor of Hinton along with the Division of Natural Resources and the health department seized animals from Blunts home in Hinton that, according to Chief Snavely, were in violation of city codes.
Rabbits, turtles, a fox squirrel, ducks and chickens were all taken from the home, but according to police, the alligator and snakes were not confiscated. Police also told us five dogs were taken from the home because of poor living conditions, failure to have them vaccinated and failure to register the dogs.
Police said a new law passed through legislature in March, prohibiting citizens from having dangerous and exotic pets without a permit and preventing future sales or purchasing these types of animals.
According to Summer Wyatt, the West Virginia Director for the Humane Society of the United States, animal owner Rebecca Blunt is not in violation of the law...yet. Wyatt said, "Because this is a two-fold part law that mandates that we create rules, it's not complete yet. Yes, we do have a law, but that law only serves to outline certain regulations has to work off of."
After the board creates rules and regulations for the law, it will have to pass through legislation once again before it will be enforced.