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WCSD Charges Rexroad With Animal Cruelty

By Staff | Jul 20, 2010

Wetzel County Deputy Eric Daugherty has charged Christina Rexroad with eight counts of animal cruelty for the improper care of her horses.

This investigation was originally investigated by Deputy Randy Adams with the assistance from a local vet and animal cruelty investigator. From that investigation, reports state conditions on Rexroad’s farm were generally fair and Rexroad was advised what improvements needed to be made immediately. After several more complaints and concerns from citizens, Deputy Daugherty investigated the situation further, resulting in the pending charges.

One horse still appeared to show no improvement from the original investigation and the other horses appeared to be somewhat undernourished. Officials say there was no water, food, or shade for the horses on Rexroad’s farm located four miles from New Martinsville on Whiteman Hill. Furthermore, Rexroad was advised to clean up the barn area so the horses and cattle would not be injured by the debris on the ground during the first investigation, however this time around some of the horses had wounds on them which needed medical attention.

Sheriff James Hoskins contacted the West Virginia Humane Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for assistance in placing the six horses and two cattle in an environment where they could be observed.

Deputy Daugherty was able to locate someone who was willing to care for the animals pending the outcome of the charges. Sheriff Hoskins noted the excellent job Deputy Daugherty did in handling this situation.