Accused West Virginia Animal Abuser Apprehended

Thanks to the good work of a concerned citizen, an arrest has been made in one of West Virginia's most notorious cases of animal cruelty.

Hubert Wilmer, a fugitive being sought in connection with the starvation death of a chocolate lab named Sun Bear, was apprehended last week in Indianapolis, Indiana, after a colleague learned that he was wanted for animal cruelty and called law enforcement. With the cooperation of Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Wilmer was arrested in Indiana and now awaits extradition to West Virginia to face animal cruelty charges.

Sun Bear was found last August locked in Wilmer's West Virginia condominium, with no food or water, weighing only one third of his normal body weight. He died soon afterwards at a veterinarian's office when attempts to save him failed. Neighbors told local news that they believed Sun Bear died of "a broken body and a broken heart."

The Sun Bear case is particularly important because it was by all accounts a heartless case of inexcusable animal cruelty, and because it inspired the introduction and passage of West Virginia's felony animal cruelty law.


Contact the Kanawha County District Attorney and respectfully urge him to fully prosecute Hubert Wilmer for animal cruelty and to settle for nothing less than significant prison time. Also thank him for agreeing to extradite Wilmer to West Virginia so he can finally face animal cruelty charges.

Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Clifford
111 Court St 3rd Fl
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-357-0300
Fax: 304-357-0750

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