The owner of an animal rescue in Hampshire County faces more than 100 counts of animal cruelty. According to the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office on April 5th deputies executed a search warrant at the Love Shack Rescue located off of Timber Mountain Road near Capon Bridge following a several months long investigation. The owner of the rescue Sabrina Droescher was given guidelines to follow in order to comply with State Law and County Ordinances pertaining to operating a rescue. According to the Sheriff’s Office Droescher did not comply and conditions at the rescue worsened to the point where the living conditions were not suitable for the dogs. Members of the sheriff’s office and Hampshire County Animal shelter spent April 5 and 6th identifying and tagging 102 dogs. A Veterinarian was also on-site. Several volunteers from various rescues took possession of some of the dogs. There were at least 3 decomposed dog carcasses located on the property. The rescue consisted of multiple makeshift kennels set up outside in a wooded area, dogs being kept in cages inside outbuildings, in two separate houses, and some in vehicles.
Today members of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office continue to work with animal adoption agencies to disperse most of the 102 dogs originally located at the Love Shack Rescue.
Further search of the property led to the discovery of a total of 21 dead dogs in various stages of decay, most dumped on the property in trash bags. Droescher told deputies she was burying dogs under concrete on the property and there are make shift concrete pads located on the property. On-scene operations are expected to finally be wrapped up today. Droescher has been charged with 103 counts of animal cruelty.