Woman files suit against Preston County Sheriff's Office, other county agencies over seizure of pit bull

By Carrie Bradon | May 14, 2019

KINGWOOD – A woman alleges her dog was seized from a property and she was not provided a written notice.

Amber Lace Tasker filed a petition for writ of prohibition/mandamus and motion for rule to show cause in Preston Circuit Court against Preston County Commission, Preston County Sheriff's Office and Preston County dog warden.

The suit states that the plaintiff is the owner of a blue-nosed pit bull dog named Zeva. The plaintiff alleges that her dog was seized by the Preston County dog warden on Jan. 18 without a fair or complete explanation of why her dog was taken. The suit states the dog was taken from the residence where her estranged husband was residing. She alleges she was never given written notice the animal was seized and not provided a hearing.

The suit states a Preston County sheriff's deputy arrested her on Feb. 19 and charged her with four counts of animal cruelty in connection with the animals that were seized at the property were her husband resided.

The plaintiff alleges her due process rights were violated. 

The plaintiff is seeking the court to grant her petition and an opportunity to be heard. The plaintiff is representing herself.

The case has been assigned to Judge Steven L. Shaffer.

Preston Circuit Court case number 19-C-35

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