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Dog owner sought in severe neglect case

Posted May 23, 2012

— A $2,500 reward is being offered in the neglect and abandonment of a female pit bull that was found tied to a pole with a telephone cord in Vance County, the Humane Society of the United States said Wednesday.

The group is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. 

Vance County Animal Services Director Alex Hargrove said the dog was found Tuesday in terrible condition. The animal was emaciated, dehydrated and covered with mange and sores.

The mange is so severe that authorities cannot tell the color of the dog's fur, Hargrove said.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 252-492-3136.


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  • TerriBMe May 24, 2012

    It never ceases to amaze me how cruel people can be. When they find the person responsible, I hope they suffer the same fate....only then would people stop this nonsense.

  • shannonatlanticvend May 24, 2012

    Readme-MOST animal lovers and advocates HAVE adopted from the shelter.

  • not my real name May 24, 2012

    Poor puppy.

  • genegeneandnancy May 24, 2012

    This case just sickens me as to how anyone could do something this horrific to a helpless animal. I just look at my dogs' trusting eyes and wagging tails and wonder how anyone could be so cruel to leave a dog (or any other living, breathing creature)to fend for itself after being obviously abandoned. My dogs are shelter adopted, and they just seem to know they were given a second chance. I hope they prosecute this "person" that did this cruel act to the fullest extent that the law allows.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 24, 2012

    I love animals. I save over 80 animals every year just by not eating them. It's something to think about at meal time.

    I hope this dog's cruel owner is found and punished to the full extent of the law. Enforcing required registration of household animals will help stop this sort of thing. It will also stop the euthanization of 250,000 animals in NC every year.

  • warbirdlover May 24, 2012

    I love dogs to much to foster them. I could never let them leave. Then I would be on the TV Show Hoarders with 500 dogs on my farm. I already have 6 dogs and a rabbit. They are all well cared for and all have up to date vet records and monthly trips to the doggy spa.

  • readme May 24, 2012

    If this really bothers you, go down to a shelter and adopt a pet. Put your money where your mouth is. I imagine if I was a dog, I would find being "humanely" executed with a long needle injected straight into my heart full of chemicals after which I would be put in a freezer until I could be dumped into a landfill... to be just as horrifying as being neglected and left out in the rain.

  • Kelondris May 24, 2012

    If the person who neglected & abused the dog/cat/etc the was treated the same way when they were caught, we probably would not have this problem. Too bad we can't. But I am sure if someone finds out who before the cops, he might be hurting alot and will want the cops instead. Just saying!!!

  • dogphartlives May 24, 2012

    If anyone learns of the dogs status, please be kind enough to share it.

  • southerntalent May 24, 2012

    Sad,altho I know alof of people blame pit bulls,there is no need for this type treatment of any living creature