GoFundMe page solicits donations for “rescue” charged in gruesome animal cruelty case

West Virginia

On Wednesday, Virginia Miller and Charles Rosatti were charged with numerous counts of felony animal abuse.

Investigators say they left nine animals in various states of neglect.  Some were found dead.  Some were still inside when we arrived on the scene.

Luckily, several of the surviving dogs were seized by animal control.  One neighbor said, “I just hope they make it, the ones that were rescued.”

Not all rescues are legitimate.  We checked into the suspects in this case.  Turns out, two people with the same names have a GoFundMe page and are soliciting donations.  They claim to run a private animal rescue.

In addition, several neighbors in Logan, who didn’t want to go on camera, said Miller and Rosati regularly asked for money to fund their rescue.

Experts who work in animal rescue say that it is imperative to donate to organizations that are legitimate.  Check out this guide for ways to ensure a rescue is the real thing. 

Organizations and nonprofits exist across our region that are making a difference in the lives of people and their pets.  The key is to know that you’re giving to the ones doing the work.

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