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32 Tibetan Terriers seized from Prince William Co. home in animal cruelty case

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MANASSAS, Va. -

A prominent D.C. lawyer and dog breeder facing multiple counts of animal cruelty had 32 Tibetan Terriers seized from her home in Prince William County.

Animal control officers say the dogs were in terrible shape and their fur matted in their own urine and feces.

A civil case brought by Prince William County against the dogs' owner was settled Tuesday afternoon. As a result, all of her dogs now belong to the county.

The Tibetan Terriers are in the care of Prince William County animal control. As of Tuesday afternoon, all 32 are now officially county property and available for adoption.

These dogs were seized as part of an animal cruelty investigation.

"In my experience, these were some of the worst I've ever seen,” says Lori Leary, president of the Prince William County Humane Society.

She says volunteers shaved and bathed these terriers for three days just to get them looking and feeling somewhat normal.

"They were horrendous,” she says. “The stench alone was disgusting. It broke my heart. The majority of them were terribly matted -- coated in urine and feces. Their nails were extremely long. They could hardly walk."

The dogs were owned by a breeder named Sheryl Schultis. According to county officials, Schultis was overwhelmed in caring for the dogs by herself.

"I don't know how you get that overwhelmed,” Leary says. “It's hard for me to understand. These are living, gorgeous living beings that just want love, just want to be loved and give love."

Schultis lives and was breeding her dogs on property off Aldie Road in northern Prince William County. At court, neither Schultis nor her attorney had anything to say about the charges.

"This is an exceptional case and we're going to need a lot of help,” says Leary.

There is still a criminal case pending against Schultis.

We are told nearly all of the terriers here are well enough to be adopted starting Wednesday.

For more information on adopting or to help donate to the Prince William Humane Society:

http://www.pwhumane.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pwhumane.org


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