Lovingston / Beech Grove
Nelson County, VA
We first reported on the state and federal raid at the home of Tracy Davis in Beech Grove back in November 2011. Additional history of that story by clicking here.
On Tuesday, Nelson Commonwealth Attorney Anthony Martin released details of a court proceeding that took place on Monday 3.19.12 in Nelson County General District Court. Over 8 hours of testimony was heard.
Here’s the release provided by the CA’s office:
DATE: March 20, 2012
RE: animal cruelty cases against Roseland couple heard
FROM: ANTHONY MARTIN, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
Yesterday (March 19, 2012) in Nelson County General District Court, over 8 hours of testimony was heard in relation to 28 charges of animal cruelty against a Roseland couple. Each charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
David Tracy Davis and Joyce Davis were each charged with 28 counts of animal cruelty stemming from the conditions of 28 animals, mostly dogs and a few livestock that were observed during the execution of a search warrant which was conducted by state and Federal authorities on November 21, 2011.
Dr. Rachel Touroo, a veterinarian who was working for the Virginia Department of Agriculture at the time and who was on the scene last November, provided expert testimony relating to the physical conditions of the animals; and for many, lack of food and water. Photographs of the animals and their environment were also introduced as evidence.
Retired Judge Steve Helvin of Charlottesville is expected to make his ruling on these charges within a week.