Saturday, April 1, 2017

Virginia: Owner of Forever Home Animal Rescue, charged in hoarding case

VIRGINIA -- The owner of an animal rescue group is facing charges in an animal hoarding case.

The Roanoke County Police Department went to Forever Home Animal Rescue in the 3500 block of Chaparral Drive on Monday morning.

They found 15 dogs at the home - [she was 5 times over the limit].

Even though the dogs were all healthy, Roanoke County Code states that it's illegal to have more than three dogs unless you have a dog kennel license.

The Roanoke County Police Department says that while there are several social media posts that claim the conditions of the home are deplorable, police did not find those conditions inside the home on Monday.

The dogs are currently being taken from the home.

Here is the full press release:

March 20, 2017 – The Roanoke County Police Department is aware of social posts regarding an animal hoarding case involving Forever Home Animal Rescue located in the 3500 block of Chaparral Drive.

Police went to the home this morning and found 15 dogs.

All of the dogs are in good body condition and health.

Roanoke County Code states it is unlawful to keep more than three dogs unless you apply and are approved for a dog kennel license.

The owner does not have a business license and is no longer able to act as an animal rescue organization in Roanoke County.

The owner was given notice to come into compliance with the Code.

Police charged the owner with one count each of Kennel Violation; No County Tags; No Rabies Vaccination; No Rabies Certificate; Unsanitary Conditions; and Responsible Animal Care.

While many social media posts claim the conditions of the home to be deplorable, police have been inside the entire home and found the only unsanitary conditions are related to the amount of ammonia smell from dog urine.

Build-up of dog urine aka ammonia can be deadly. It can also cause medical issues from being forced to breathe it 24 hours/day.

Police are aware of the photos posted on social media and did not find those types of conditions when the home was searched today.

Police say citizens and organizations have come forward to place the dogs elsewhere and they are being removed from the home.

(Virginia First - March 21, 2017)

This website,, says it gave money to:
Farrah Dudley, Forever Home Animal Rescue
Date grant awarded: October 22, 2016

Forever Home Animal Rescue is a small home based animal rescue In Roanoke. VA. They just bought seven acres of land and their dreams are coming true. They are now ready to have over 100 volunteers help build a barn. Forever Home Animal Rescue is very appreciative of their gratitude and hard work.

Their website is listed as: However, when you click the link, it says account suspended. However, a search of their domain lists the following. So the next questions is, who is Shelly Wingfield? The article doesn't identify the "owner". Another site says Farrah Dudley is the Director. So who's the "owner"?

Domain Name: FHARVA.ORG
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Creation Date: 2015-09-23T17:51:04Z
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Domain Status: ok
Registry Registrant ID: C166643453-LROR
Registrant Name: Shelly Wingfield
Registrant Organization: Forever Home Animal Rescue
Registrant Street: 90 Grove Ave
Registrant City: Christiansburg
Registrant State/Province: VA
Registrant Postal Code: 24073
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.5402574400
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Our Featured Roanoke, VA Partner:
Forever Home Animal Rescue of Roanoke Va
Roanoke, VA 24019



Our Rescue Group:
Forever Home Animal Rescue, is a home based rescue located in Roanoke Va. Our mission is to rescue unwanted animals and place them in the safe, permanent, loving homes that all pets deserve.

Our rescue is run strictly by volunteers. We are a nonprofit home based rescue that uses foster homes to prepare our available pets for adoption into their new loving forever families. We put many hours into making our rescues feel loved and wanted again. We want to educate the general public and our community on how important spaying and neutering is and how it actually saves lives. Every year in our country alone 4 to 5 million healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized simply because there aren't any homes for them. We also focus on the bad reputation the pitbull breed has been unfortunately labeled with and while we focus on all abused, neglected and unwanted animals, the bully breeds are a volunteer favorite here.

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Requirements are specific to the individual animals needs
Adoption fee for Small Dogs=$175
Adoption fee for cats and kittens =$25
Adoption fee for adult dogs=$80
Adoption fee for puppies=$175