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Aberdeen woman charged in dog starvation death

Posted February 7, 2013

— An Aberdeen woman is facing felony charges after authorities said she left two dogs tied up and starving on her property.

Latasha Rachele Harrison, 31, of the 100 block of Shady Pine Way, is charged with one count of felony cruelty to animals and one count of felony killing an animal by starvation, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Sheriff Lane Carter said his office worked with Moore County Animal Control officers to investigate a complaint received Feb. 1 about a two dogs that appeared to be tied and starving at the residence. Deputies said one of the dogs had died by the time investigators arrived, and the other was taken to the Moore County Animal Shelter for treatment.

The investigation resulted in Harrison’s arrest Wednesday.

Harrison was held in the Moore County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. She is scheduled for a court appearance Feb. 21 in Moore County District Court.


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  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Feb 7, 2013

    In reading this story again, I have two good questions:

    1). A complaint was received Feb. 1st. One of the dogs had died by the time investigators had arrived. Why did the neighbor (or whoever called the complaint in) WAIT SO LONG? The dogs were obviously in dire straits and had been, to be that bad off!

    2). What happened to the dog that was taken to Moore County Animal Shelter? (I hope the dog is saved, adopted and LOVED the rest of it's life)!


  • IPayYouPay Feb 7, 2013

    Punishment to fit the crime. Plain and simple.

  • lld701 Feb 7, 2013

    If this is true, this woman needs to be banned for life from ever owning an animal of any kind and if she has children they need to be immediately removed from the home. If she starves dogs, I'm sure her children (if any) also get the same treatment.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Feb 7, 2013

    zenonx6, you are correct. Years ago, (Prairie days) dogs were tied to the back of wagons, as families moved from place to place. The dogs had to walk behind the wagon, in any kind of weather. That was ok then, and accepted. And it should have been! Now, however, times have changed. And that's ok. I'm glad times have changed!


  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Feb 7, 2013

    What is WRONG with some people!? Good grief! Did it not occur to her that...........gasp.........dogs DO eat? This was intentional. She knew exactly what she was doing. She knew right from wrong - or, ABUSE, as in this case.

    This woman should NOT go to jail. She should NOT pay a fine. She should, instead, be tied to a tree and not fed for.......I don't know a week, two. Three months? She can't imagine the physical and mental/emotional pain, those dogs went through. She can't imagine it, because she's never known it. One day, she will!

    Disgusting! Sick! Irrespoinsible! But most of all, just plain SORRY!


  • zenonx6 Feb 7, 2013

    Now that's animal cruelty. The other guy shot a dog that wasn't his for reasons unknown. That's not right but if an animal is suffering everyone don't have 50 to 100 dollars for putting it down. Some think that the shooting of deer is cruelty but if it weren't for hunters we'd be over run with deer. It's getting that way with dogs and cats out there.. Look at your local shelters list. People aren't responsible with pets and don't get them fixed. Shooting is and should be okay for poorer people with animals that need to be put down. It's done every day somewhere in this country. Wild or domestic.

  • paddie Feb 7, 2013

    Trixie!!! Thank you!! Well said!

  • charmed Feb 7, 2013

    All dogs want to do is show unconditional love to the owners and this is how they are treated in return. All the animals that die at the hands of abusive owners makes me sick. If you don't want the responsibility of a pet DONT GET ONE !!!! If you already hae one BRING IT TO A SHELTER !!!! At least at a shelter they will be cared for even though the end may not turn out well. Wise up people animal abuse will not be tolerated any longer and if you suspect some is abusing an animal make that call. Don't wait until long or all the animals could end up like this. The only comfort is there is only love in heaven for these animal no abuse

  • Road-wearier Feb 7, 2013

    There's a special place in heck for people that abuse animals.

  • ncdime1235 Feb 7, 2013

    @NC Cutie because animals love you unconditionally, people don't. How would she feel being tied to a tree without food and water? I am so sick of seeing animals tied up to trees and usually without a whole lot of human contact. If you can't care for and love your pet, don't get one. In addition to having the book thrown at her, she should be made to do community service at the local SPCA. Sorry excuse for a human.