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10 dogs seized by authorities in Loudoun

Two men accused of illegally transporting 10 dogs were arrested Friday in Loudoun County, according to Loudoun County Animal Services.

Tremain Dene Johnson, 44, of Georgia, and Harry Ortize Puckett, 33, of Illinois, are charged with importing pet dogs into Virginia without certificates of veterinary inspection, according to authorities. The 10 dogs appeared to be pit bulls or pit bull mixes, authorities said.

The two men were arrested after an Animal Control officer stopped to assist them as they handled a puppy on the shoulder of the Dulles Greenway, according to Animal Services. The officer then discovered that the men were transporting 10 dogs of varying ages and states of health, authorities said.

Both men are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Loudoun General District Court. Each charge carries a maximum of a 12-month jail sentence and $2,500 in fines, according to authorities.

The dogs are currently being cared for at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter, authorities said, and a hearing to determine custody of the dogs is scheduled for Sept. 19.

Caitlin Gibson is a feature writer at The Washington Post.

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