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Animal cruelty cases sadly common for Vance shelter

Posted October 9, 2015

— When employees at the Vance County Animal Shelter got the tip that a dog was wandering around the Lincoln Height Apartments in Henderson with its eyes glued shut, they knew what to do but not who to blame.

The caller, who asked to remain anonymous, said some kids were responsible, but she didn't offer any names.

Cases of animal cruelty are all too common in Vance County, shelter chief Frankie Nobles said Friday, pointing to the 20 dogs in his care being held as evidence in recent cases.

"It’s really frustrating for our officers to do their jobs, and then when we do end up in court it doesn’t have the best outcome," Nobles said.

The "cure" for the dog Nobles decided to call Sadie was easy. Workers bathed her eyes gently and repeatedly until the glue came loose.

"Sadie’s eyes were pretty much completely closed," Nobles said. "My officer brought her in and immediately gave her a bath and got one eye completely open. Her left eye stayed somewhat shut. The next morning, we brought her up gave her another bath with warm water, warm compresses, and we’ve got both eyes open. As of now, she’s doing very well."

The Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society will step in next to find Sadie a home.

Nobels said no one has come forward to claim the dog or to point the finger of blame at the people responsible for her plight.

"Nobody is giving us any information on Sadie," he said. "Nobody wants to get in trouble."

The culprits, no matter how young, would almost definitely face a charge of animal cruelty, Nobles said.

"She’s an adorable little dog," he added. "I don’t know how anybody could do something like this."

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  • Aaron Whaley Oct 10, 2015
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    Certain segments of our society don't value ANY lives, human or animal.

  • Debbie Sawyer Oct 10, 2015
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    We miss the point if we only focus on this one poor dog. Animal cruelty is rampant in NC and the courts don't do much about it. Most barely get a slap on the wrist. And the cases wherein neglected/abused animals are returned to the owners (in the rather rare case they want them back) are overwhelmingly high. As a society, we don't value life much and it shows in how we treat the animals. Pets being euthanized every day in shelters and this is acceptable by our society?

  • Aaron Whaley Oct 10, 2015
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    A lot of parents obviously don't even bother with that. There is a proven link between children that abuse animals and their future crimes.

  • Tom Laurence Oct 9, 2015
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    Exactly! You have my vote! Until some Parents start doing more than "putting kids in TIME OUT" (what a joke!!), they're going to continue to run wild.

  • Dawn Strickland Herron Oct 9, 2015
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    Tells you quite a bit about the community.

  • John Smith Oct 9, 2015
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    All of the parents in that complex should bring the kids out in the center and threaten with a group horse whipping. Public display, public shaming; whether they had a part in it or not. I bet you find out real quick who did it...and when you do, whip them in front of God and everybody. They'll think twice next time.*blank* Dr. Spock and his ideologies.

  • Tom Laurence Oct 9, 2015
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    Where are the parents of these mean kids? These kids need a whipping.....yes whipping with a belt.