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Winchester Kennel Owner Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

Russell Ebersole owns Aberdeen Acres Pet Care Center where the accused to say their dog Maddie was brutally treated.
WINCHESTER, Va. - A Fredrick County Gen. District Court found a local dog trainer guilty of animal cruelty on Tuesday.

Russell Ebersole owns Aberdeen Acres Pet Care Center where the accused to say their dog Maddie was brutally treated.

They say Ebersole picked Maddie up by her leash, suspended her back legs and spun her in circles until she urinated, defeated and bled on the floor. The judge sentenced the defendant to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine, however the Judge suspended part of the sentence, and Ebersole only has to serve one month in prison, and pay a only $1,000 of his fine.

He also was sentenced to two years of probation, and cannot be in possession of any animals for two years. 

Ebersole and his lawyer appealed the verdict, and are awaiting a trial date. 

Ebersole was investigated when a dog died a few hour later after being released from his pet care center.

Ebersole is currently awaiting trial for four counts of animal cruelty to be determined on December 6, 2013. Seven counts remain and may be brought at a later date per his plea agreement. 


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