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McDowell Co. animal cruelty case moving to grand jury

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32-Year-Old Crystal Copley, appeared before a McDowell County Magistrate to face the charges against her. While she's been very outspoken in previous encounters, Copley stood calmly in court during this preliminary hearing.

The results of multiple cross examinations, as well as witness testimony were presented. Officer Dalton Martin is one of the witnesses, presenting the findings of his investigation.

"Here's a dog, you can see the ribs sticking out, and can tell it's malnourished. It's Crystal Copley holding it by the collar," Deputy Martin claimed.

Martin filed the complaint against Copley in January and that complaint alleges Copley admitted to throwing at least a half of dozen puppies into a creek.

"When I asked Ms. Copley if she had threw dogs in the creek she advised that she did throw 6 puppies in the creek and said they were all dead, because the mother had a hard time taking care of them," Martin said.

Copley's boyfriend, Jonathan Wineberger testified on her behalf. He claimed he had a recording of another person, admitting to killing the puppies.

"He said he was the one that threw them in the creek, he didn't want to go to jail," Wineberger said.

Animal Rescue Volunteer, Karen Mays, also took the stand to offer testimony of animal abuse in the case.

"All of the dogs were thin, and malnourished. We see a lot of kinds of situations but not one as bad as this one," Mays said.

Probable cause was established, which will move this case to the grand jury in June. As for now, Copley has been released on a $10,000 bond.

Star Connor

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