CULPEPER — A local man who ran a purported K9 training facility has been ordered to forfeit custody of six of his own dogs to the Orange County Animal Shelter.
Shawn Michael Deehan, 60, appeared in Orange General District Court on Wednesday for a civil hearing to determine the custody of his personally owned dogs, according to a Friday news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The hearing was related to his ongoing felony animal cruelty case.
OCSO animal control deputies seized the six pets on March 12 from Deehan’s property in the 3000 block of Pannell Lane in Orange County along with six other dogs reportedly in poor condition.
The defendant is owner and operator of Global Dynamic Security and The Perfect Dog, a reported K9 training facility, according to authorities.
One of the dogs seized last month was emaciated and had an untreated injury that exposed bone, according to an earlier OCSO release. The dogs were reportedly found housed in crates littered with feces and urine that caused urine burns to the skin.
The animals did not have access to food or water, according to the sheriff’s office.
After several hours of testimony from deputies and a licensed veterinarian at Wednesday’s hearing, the judge ordered Deehan to forfeit custody of his six personally owned dogs.
The judge further ordered he would no longer be allowed to possess companion animals or animals for training purposes.
Deehan is slated to appear back in General District Court on May 12 for a preliminary hearing on a Class 6 felony animal cruelty charge. Court records list him as residing in Culpeper.