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On January 16, 2018, DFC. Schultz responded to the 21000 block of Ranger Road, in Lexington Park, for a suspected animal cruelty. Upon arrival DFC. Schultz observeda female dog who had recently had a litter; DFC. Schultz was able to see the animals ribs protruding, and the dog appeared malnourished. Further investigation revealed numerous young puppies all appearing malnourished, and one had an open wound on its tail whichdid not appearto have beentreated.

Animal Control was on scene and a total of eight dogs were removed from the home. Suspect Joseph William Smith, age 24, of Lexington Park, was determined to be the owner of the animals. Upon the animals being removed from the home, Smith became combative and began hindering the investigation.

Smith was placed under arrest and charged with the following: 8 counts of Animal Cruelty, Obstructing & Hindering, Disorderly Conduct, Resist/Interfere with Arrest, and Sale of Puppy or Kitten. CASE# 2669-18