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Kenly woman arrested after 11 dead dogs found at home

Posted January 28, 2016
Updated January 29, 2016

— Wilson County authorities said on Friday that a Kenly woman turned herself in after 11 dogs were found dead inside her abandoned home.

Patricia Ann Williams turned herself in to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office after warrants for arrest were issued on Thursday for her and Jimmy Carroll Williams Jr., according to a news release from the county. Patricia Ann Williams was taken to the Wilson County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond.

Officials said the whereabouts of Jimmy Williams is still unknown, and it's possible that he's out of the state.

The warrants for the couple were issued after deputies responded on Wednesday to a report of dogs running loose at 9235 Lefty Road. No one was at the home, but the deputies saw through a window two dead dogs on the floor inside, authorities said.

After obtaining a search warrant and going inside, the deputies found nine more dead dogs inside and outside the home, authorities said. Another 10 dogs and two iguanas were found alive.

Officials said the surviving animals are being treated at the Wilson County Animal Shelter.

An investigation determined that Jimmy and Patricia Williams had abandoned the property, leaving the animals behind, adding that heat and water at the home had been turned off since Jan. 19.

Both Jimmy and Patricia Williams were charged with 11 counts of killing an animal by starvation, 11 counts of animal cruelty, 23 counts of abandonment and 21 counts of failure to vaccinate.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jimmy Williams is asked to call Lt. Todd O’Neal of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 252-237-2118.


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  • Tabitha D. McLaurin Jan 31, 2016
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  • Tabitha D. McLaurin Jan 31, 2016
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    Seriously what was the purpose of such nonsense and cruelty? Poor dogs suffered and would have had better odds as strays. Who collects dog carcasses? Can't wrap mind around it...

  • Tabitha D. McLaurin Jan 31, 2016
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    Well, this typical happens when one grows bored with collecting Faberge eggs.

  • scot30 Jan 29, 2016

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Anyone who abuses an animal should have the exact same thing done to them that they did to the animal(s). Lock these horrible excuses for human beings up somewhere with no food, heat, or water and leave them to die of starvation. UGH!

  • Janene DiPierro Jan 29, 2016
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    If I am not mistaking it is now a felony.... WHY SUCH LOW BAIL? Because it's a first time offender?..... Those animals starved to death!!!! How cruel and cold hearted can a person be! I bet they ate! Makes me sick that very few judges and people who CAN make a difference DONT CARE!!! There is a special place in h*'ll for you both!

  • Janet Ghumri Jan 29, 2016
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    The heat, water, electricity etc was cut off right before the big snow storm. I feel so bad for those dogs (and iguanas). No living thing deserves to be treated like that. I hope they catch him, and they both get hard time

  • Sonja Yagel Jan 29, 2016
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    Her and him ought to be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail. There is no excuse for this kind of cruelty.

  • Wendelin Charlie Jan 29, 2016
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    Now this should be wake up call for regulation/procedure support for animals so such atrocities stop[b]. What is absurd is that even though the police were contacted via the ASPCA still there was no action done!! Why??? And we should all including the media focus on what needs to done to prevent these too common types of occurrences.

  • Bobby Broadwell Jan 29, 2016
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    there are no words to describe....

  • Marcia Maloney Jan 29, 2016
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    I don't understand these types of people - where do they come from? he reminds me of Charles Manson - -After they are charged, they should not be allowed to have another animal .. These two are disgustingly sick