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Man accused of beating pit bull puppy to death in 2014

Posted March 3, 2015

James Strickland

— Authorities have accused a Fayetteville man of beating his 10-month-old pit bull puppy to death last May.

Local media outlets report 34-year-old James Strickland was arrested at a halfway house by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday and charged with felony cruelty to animals.

Lt. Elaine Smith, an investigator with Cumberland County Animal Control, said when Animal Control became aware of the case in May, Smith said the initial investigator didn't pursue it. When Smith joined the department in December, she was told about the case and reopened it.

Smith said Strickland has spent time in prison since the dogs was beaten for several charges. He is now in the county detention center under $10,000 bond, and online records don't indicate whether he has an attorney.

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  • Lisa Marie Fields Mar 4, 2015
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    Kudos Lt. Smith, the initial investigator should be punished for doing nothing. This POS needs to be used for training attack dogs, and don't give him a bite suit.

  • Cat Mohar Mar 4, 2015
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    thank goodness.
    Happy Lt. Smith re-opened the case.

  • Jenna Brutegrrl Mar 4, 2015
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    He even looks like a dog killer. Throw him to the dogs. #ancientromanjustice

  • Paul Hill Mar 3, 2015
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    Someone needs to send "Hulk the pit bull", to see this fella. Saw Hulk today on a yahoo story. He's 175lbs. of sweet pit bull.

  • Brandi Gaenzle Mar 3, 2015
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    Yeah. He looks crazy!

  • Joseph Shepard Mar 3, 2015
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    What is called for here is not "justice"--but fairness--to equal the pain and fear he inflicted

  • Mark Farmer Mar 3, 2015
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    he looks mean

  • Beth Pearce Mar 3, 2015
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    ..........the initial investigator didn't pursue it. I wonder why?

    (Strawberry Letter 23)