A Tucker County couple is in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail following an alleged complaint of cruelty to animals.
Virgil T. Wills III, 45, and Wanda Jean Wills, 46, of 1057 Limestone Road in Parsons were charged on July 12. The criminal complaint charges Wanda Wills with 25 counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor. It alleges Wanda Will had 22 live cats, one dead cat and two dogs at her residence. The complaint further alleges that "she was not to have any animals on her residence per a court order, and that all the dogs and cats needed medical attendance, but no medical attendance was provided."
Wanda Wills is being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $5,000 bond. Her hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 3 at Tucker County Magistrate Court. If convicted, cruelty to animals carries a fine of not less than $300 nor more than a $2,000 fine or confinement in jail not more than six months, or both.
The criminal complaint alleges Virgil Wills III also had the 22 live cats, one dead cat and two dogs at his residence, with each dog and cat needing medical attendance, but no medical attendance was provided. It further alleges that Virgil Wills III was told to catch the other nine cats and take them to the animal shelter. He is charges with 25 counts of cruelty to animals and 33 counts of cruelty to animals.
Virgil Wills III also is being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, but no bond has been set. His hearing is set for 11 a.m. Sept. 3 at Tucker County Magistrate Court. If convicted on the first misdemeanor charge, Wills could be fined not less than $300 nor more than $2,000 or confined in jail not more than six months, or both. If convicted on the second misdemeanor charges, Wills could be prohibited from owning, possessing or residing with any animal for a period of five years. A violation of this is punishable by a fine not exceeding $2,000 and forfeiture of the animal.