SHINNSTON — A dozen dogs were surrendered from two Shinnston homes Monday and charges are pending against the elderly woman and her daughter that owned them, Lt. Greg Scolapio said. He is Harrison County Sheriff’s Department’s humane officer.

“I’m going to confer with the Prosecutor’s Office on appropriate criminal charges in the case,” Scolapio said.

Search warrants were executed on two homes, where the canines were found in deplorable conditions, he said.

At the first residence, Scolapio located two extremely thin dogs outside the house. Inside there were six other dogs isolated in different rooms.

“It appears they were locked in for an extended period of time due to the large amount of feces found,” he said. “Both houses were filthy and piled with debris.”

Four more dogs, all Shelties, were taken from the other Shinnston home.

Some of the dogs were anti-social and, in all likelihood, may face destruction due to temperament issues. Scolapio is hoping to find homes for the Shelties.

This is not the first time the women have been investigated for similar incidents involving animals, Scolapio said.

In another case, the county continues to look for homes for 10 horses surrendered last week.

For information about adopting the dogs, please contact the Harrison County Humane Society or Animal Control Center at (304)592-1600 or (304)592-1836. For information on the horses, call the Sheriff’s Department at (304) 623-6655.

Staff writer Darlene J. Taylor-Morgan can be reached at (304) 626-1403 or by email at