One person is already in jail and her family member is being charged after malnourished and dead animals were discovered in Belmont County.
Shania Wells’ mother Kellie is now facing five animal cruelty charges involving dogs and calves that were found on their Belmont farm.
Kellie Wells was arraigned before Judge Eric Costine on similar charges that her daughter Shania faces: Three counts of knowingly causing serious physical harm to companion animals — a mastiff, Australian Sheppard and a chocolate lab mix.
Julie Larish of Belmont County Hoof & Paw responded and found one dead dog. She seized two others chained up outside. One is now at a rescue; the other is making progress.
Kellie Wells faces up to 3 years in prison on those charges. She also is accused of cruelty to non-companion animals – two young calves — that Larish found dead on the property.
Wells could spend up to 180 days in jail on those two charges. Wells is out on her own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is set for next week.