Aldie Woman Faces Cruelty Charges; 367 Animals Seized by County

The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services took custody of 367 animals following an animal hoarding investigation in Aldie. 

Cynthia L. Peer, 39, has been charged with 51 Class 1 misdemeanors and 67 Class 4 misdemeanors—totaling 118 charges—after a search of her residence revealed hundreds of animals in squalid, unlawful conditions, according to the department. Loudoun County Animal Services Humane Law Enforcement officers and medical staff determined that the animals were living in conditions that created an immediate threat to their life, health and/or safety.

On June 10, Peer voluntarily surrendered 367 animals, which included primarily rabbits, quail and pheasants, as well as chinchillas, ducks, chickens, turkeys, guineafowl, peafowl and sheep. The animals were found living in confined spaces filled with feces. Temperatures in one enclosure exceeded 116 degrees. Overcrowded, unsanitary enclosures contributed to widespread illness, chronic injury and poor body condition, with a veterinarian determining that many of the birds were at the lowest possible weight to survive, according to the announcement of the action.

“The situation at the residence was very troubling,” stated Chief of Humane Law Enforcement Chris Brosan. “These animals appear to have spent much, if not all, of their lives in tiny, filthy enclosures, with only enough algae-filled water to prevent death by dehydration, and tragically, this is all that the law requires for agricultural animals.”

He said some may have been deprived of food or water entirely, confined in dangerous spaces, and left with untreated injuries. Some rabbits living in wire cages had grown too large to be removed through the door to the cage, requiring the cages to be cut apart to remove them.

LCAS is providing medical care for the animals in preparation for finding them adoptive homes.

Peer is scheduled to appear for trial July 28 in Loudoun General District Court. A conviction of a Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 12 months in prison per count, and a fine of up to $2,500. A conviction of a Class 4 misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $250 per count. She also could be prohibited by the court from future possession or ownership of animals.

3 thoughts on “Aldie Woman Faces Cruelty Charges; 367 Animals Seized by County

  • 2021-06-15 at 7:43 pm

    We probably will not hear it, but most of those animals will be euthanized as they are too far gone and traumatized to survive. I hope that lady pays a steep, steep, price.

  • 2021-06-16 at 9:53 am

    Let’s hope that the Commonwealth Attorney’s office prosecutes this to the fullest extent of the law. Apparently, they don’t take animal cruelty/abuse too seriously.
    The CA could have charged the Loudoun County cat killer, Jonathan Tyler Davis, with a felony, but the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor after he pleaded “no contest”.
    This particular case is truly egregious and the woman should be punished accordingly–and never, ever allowed to own pets/livestock again.

    • 2021-06-16 at 3:43 pm

      Loudoun’s CA, Buta “Agrees to drops the charges” Biberaj is a menace to the people of this county.

      She’s more interested in compiling “enemies” lists, protecting domestic abusers and other violent criminals than representing the victims of crime and the people of Loudoun in court.

      We deserve better.

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