A Loudoun County woman is facing more than 100 charges of cruelty and neglect after animal control officers found inadequate living conditions for livestock and pets on a property south of Leesburg.
The investigation began after the Sheriff’s Office was called to the property to investigate an unsecured residence. Animal control officers were called and executed a general search warrant.
On Dec. 14, Kaitlin L. Leger, 29, surrendered legal ownership of 96 chickens, two dogs, three rabbits, two geese, five ducks and four pot belly pigs to the Department of Animal Services.
On Tuesday, the department issued an arrest warrant and Leger turned herself in to authorities. She has been released on bond. She is scheduled to appear in Loudoun General District Court on Jan. 25. Leger faces two dozen counts of cruelty to animals. The Class 1 misdemeanor carries a punishment of up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. She also faces nearly 90 counts of inadequate care of animals, a Class 4 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $250.
The animals were taken to the county animal shelter where they were assessed by the staff and a veterinarian. They will remain under the shelter’s care until they are cleared for adoption. Those who may be interested in adopting any of the animals should call 703-777-0406 or email email@example.com to be placed on a notification list. Adopters do not need to live in Loudoun County. Updates will also be posted at www.loudoun.gov/animals.