Owner of Destiny Havanese Kennel Facing 152 Counts of Animal Cruelty


The owner of a local dog kennel in Hancock County, facing hundreds of counts of cruelty to animals after an investigation led to more than 80 dogs being rescued, turned herself in to authorities over the weekend.  

Elizabeth Tustin, owner of the Destiny Havanese Kennel in Weirton ,was released on a $5,000 bond after turning herself in over the weekend. Tustin had a warrant out for her arrest for cruelty to animals after police seized 82 live dogs from her facility back on Nov. 20.

(Related story: 86 Dogs, 4 Dead Seized from Hancock County Kennel in Need of Veterinary Care)

According to police, 152 misdemeanor counts, 75 for failure to provide proper medical care and 77 counts of failure to provide proper sustenance, have been filed in Hancock County Magistrate Court against Tustin.

Sheriff’s deputies and Animal Control paid a visit to the kennel, before the seizure of the animals, as a courtesy to alert the owner of the requirements of the newly adopted Breeders Law and Registration in Hancock County. Observations made at the time of that visit provided probable cause for a search warrant.

Upon search of the property, deputies said they found the dogs living in overcrowded, deplorable conditions– many of them with matted hair. 

Tustin is scheduled to be in court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9. 

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