Monday, July 18, 2011

Animals Evaluated After Pitt County Seizure

Reporter: April Davis

Authorities say eight dogs, part of the 76 animals seized Monday afternoon in Pitt County, have tested positive for heart worms.

A veterinarian evaluated the animals Tuesday, a day after they were taken from a home on Highway 903 North.

The Pitt County Animal Shelter continues to try to find homes for the animals. Animal Control Director Michele Whaley says the SPCA of Wake County, picked up six of the dogs Wednesday afternoon and that the local Humane Society will take three dogs on Thursdays.

There are still 24 more dogs that will need to be placed.

Officials say the animals were living in poor conditions, some were emaciated and others had minor injuries or sores that require medical attention. While some of the animals may be adopted out, others had to be put down due to temperament and their physical condition.

The Humane Society of the United States is paying agencies to board the pets until they can be placed elsewhere.

No far no charges have been filed in the case.

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Nearly 80 animals in one county were seized by three different agencies Monday during an animal cruelty investigation.

Pitt County Animal Control Director Michele Whaley says this is the worst case she has seen in her career with the county and this is not their first time to this location.

Pitt County Animal Control along with the Humane Society of the United States tells WITN they seized more than 50 dogs, several ducks and chickens, as well as 2 hybrid wolves at a unidentified woman's home off Highway 903 in Pitt County. Beaufort County Animal Control also assisted.

Kimberly Alboum the director of the Humane Society for North Carolina says the woman who had the animals tried to rescue them and it got too much for her to handle..." More & video

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