An Oak Hill man is facing charges of animal cruelty. The investigation began on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2018 when Fayette County Animal Control responded to a home on Berry Street.
A caller told dispatchers a dog and her puppies were not being cared for properly. Deputies said the dog was found on a porch and the puppies were found across the street under an old car. The dogs were then taken to Fayette County Animal Shelter.
Court documents state two weeks later, a neighbor brought two more puppies from the same litter to the shelter. One was sick and taken to a local veterinarian’s office where it passed away.
Michael Harrah. 43. of Oak Hill, WV went to the shelter and said the dog was his, but staff told him he had missed the deadline to pick her up. A neighbor told deputies Harrah’s dog did not have a house or any shelter, and would stay wherever she could find a roof. The neighbor also said Harrah did not feed the dog on a regular basis and she was always trying to find food.
Harrah is charged with eight counts of cruelty to animals and a leash violation. He is in the Southern Regional Jail on a $7,500 bond.