Police lights day

Authorities in New Kent County seized 31 dogs, two cats and a hamster from a home in Providence Forge on Tuesday.

The county's animal control unit responded to an anonymous complaint about dogs in a kennel in the 9100 block of Courthouse Road. Officers found a number of dogs located outside in kennels without adequate shelter and with dirty water. 

While executing a search warrant, deputies found 25 dogs living in the structure in deplorable conditions, including animal feces littering the inside; dogs in undersized crates; and dogs with fur severely matted and stained with urine. 

In total, authorities seized 31 dogs, two cats and a hamster.

Two women — Richmond resident Amy H. Bonnett, 61, and Henrico County resident Cody Jean Porter, 32 — were charged with 25 counts of cruelty to animals and nine counts of failure to provide adequate care to domestic animals. 

The King William County Sheriff's Office and New Kent Fire Rescue assisted in the investigation.

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