Alleged animal abuser wants special hearing then asks for delay

Crimes and Courts

The Belmont County woman facing 10 counts of animal cruelty was scheduled to go before the judge Tuesday in a special hearing, asking to get her animals back.

Shania Wells, 21, was charged after her horses, cows, turkeys and hens were found either dead or emaciated, with no food or water.

The surviving animals were removed and placed in foster care with animal rescue volunteers who say the animals are now eating well and beginning to recover. 

Recently Wells asked for a special hearing to get the animals restored to her, even though her cruelty case is still pending.

Judge Eric Costine of Belmont County Western Division Court set that motion hearing for 10:30 a.m. today.

But suddenly Tuesday Wells asked the court —through her attorney—for a continuance.

It has now been rescheduled for 8:30 a.m., March 5, at the same time her preliminary hearing is set.

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