LEBANON, Va. — Seventy dogs and some other animals were seized in an animal cruelty investigation by the Russell County Animal Control Division, according to Sheriff Steve Dye.

Search warrants were executed at a home on Love Lane in Lebanon. Also seized were a cat and nine kittens, a cockatoo and a bearded dragon lizard, the sheriff said.

Dye said the animals were “living in a deplorable state,” according to a news release.

Most of the animals needed treatment by a veterinarian, Dye said.

According to the sheriff, 50 of the dogs are being housed in Roanoke, where they are receiving care. The remaining animals are being housed at the Russell County Animal Shelter or the local county veterinarian facility, according to the release.

Dye said criminal charges are pending, and the case remains under investigation.

A court hearing based on the custody of the animals is scheduled for May 21 in Russell County General District Court.

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