A Martinsburg man has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly failing to adequately feed and care for several of his horses kept at a Summit Point farm.

Harry M. Dodson, 54, of Place Drive in Martinsburg, faces 14 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. The charges stem from a police investigation that began on Jan. 19 after a neighbor next to the Summit Point farm on Leetown Road filed an animal cruelty complaint against him.

The neighbor provided police screenshots of text messages about four of Dodson’s horses that had died at the farm between this past Christmas to New Year’s Eve, reported Lt. Robert Sell of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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