Richmond Police Bust ‘Animal Motel’ For Appalling Conditions

“I was going to get the electricity turned back on,” owner Joseph Meyers said. “Sometimes they eat their own crap, and it so happens they get skinny. You can feed them all day long, and it goes right through them.”

The owner of a Richmond animal boarding facility is in some serious hot water after local police raided his dog boarding business.

Pet owners were told to come pick up their animals from the Animal Motel on Lombardy Street near Virginia Union University Friday afternoon. Now, authorities say multiple animal cruelty charges are pending against the owner.

Here’s the story from WJLA:

Authorities have shut down a dog boarding facility in Richmond, seized 25 animals and cited the owner with animal cruelty.

 Christie Chipps Peters is the director of Richmond Animal Care and Control. She tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch an inspection of the Animal Motel on Thursday ended with the seizure of the four most badly neglected animals. The remaining animals were seized Friday.

According to the newspaper, city building officials also condemned the building Friday because it had been operating without electricity, relying instead on propane heaters and a generator.

The building’s owner, Joseph Meyers, said he had not neglected the dogs.

He said he had fed the dogs but, “Sometimes they get giardia. Sometimes they get intestinal worms.”

Here’s more from NBC 12:

“It’s really gross,” Chipps Peters added.

She points to allegations of animals housed in their own waste, and no electricity at the shop for four months.

“Are you fit to run a center like this?” NBC12 asked Meyers.

“Oh yeah,” he responded.

He says he got behind on paying bills and has been operating the place with a generator, keeping the animals warm with a kerosene heater during the recent winter weather.

Cherri Day is a former customer of Meyers.

“My dog died here last year… My husband brought her to get a bath, and he stayed in the lobby waiting on her and [Meyers] came out and told [my husband] she had died,” said Day. “We had an autopsy done. She died of possible strangulation and suffocation.”

Meyers was found guilty of failing to provide emergency vet care. NBC12 asked him about that case.

“This dog doesn’t like water. It doesn’t like people apparently. As soon as I tried to put it in the groom room, it tried to attack me,” Meyers stated.

We here at Animal Lovers Are Life don’t believe this sleazy guy for one second! If he couldn’t be bothered to pay his electricity bill, I doubt he was very concerned about the welfare of the dogs in his care. Any rational, compassionate person would have returned the animals to their respective owners the second they couldn’t keep their facility in operating condition. Give us a break!

How much time should he receive in jail for this?