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Man charged after puppies thrown into Halifax County creek

Posted September 22, 2010
Updated September 23, 2010

— Halifax County sheriff's deputies have charged a Littleton man in connection after nine puppies were put into a bag and thrown into a creek.

Mark Scott Lane, 50, was charged with seven felony counts of cruelty to animals.

Sgt. Doug Pilgreen said that nine pit bull-mix puppies, including two that were dead, were put into a large, plastic bag and then thrown into a creek near Weaver Chapel Road sometime between Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.

A nurse who lives on Lake Gaston said she was taking a walk when she heard strange noises coming from the creek and spotted the bag.

The seven puppies that were still alive when the bag was found were turned over to Hope Animal Rescue, but all of them have since died, Pilgreen said.

Lane was being held Wednesday in the Halifax County jail under a $35,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for Oct. 20.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 24, 2010

    I hope people realize that quickest and best way to save the lives of about 80 animals every year and reduce the amount of violence in our world...is when you sit down at the dinner table...and you choose not to eat animals.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 24, 2010

    Timbo, you answered my question by basically saying, "It's different, because it's different." Well, at least you took a stab at it. :-)

    But, can you do better? Can you tell me why it's NOT ok to drown dogs, but it IS ok to slaughter billions of other animals...and do so for profit?

  • doubletrouble Sep 23, 2010

    Knowing of this individual, he's never been one of the brightest lights on the tree. Most around that know of him, kinda figured either he was a little "off", or just lazy, or both. I don't think he has ever held a job for any amount of time and has just lived off the graces of family- or society, if you get my drift. I'm sure in his mind, he didn't figure it was a big deal-guess he knows different now. At least he "owned up to it" when he was questioned by deputies on the case, which I'm sure will lighten his sentence in the matter. Still, he should have known better and was a very cruel thing to do. He could have asked around on what to do, he's not that "challenged" mentally. He can find beer when he wants to.

  • csb1000 Sep 23, 2010

    Bye the way, I’m still trying to understand how putting something in a plastic bag so it can't breath, then throwing them off a bridge, to then have it drown.........is not torture? Apparently, suffication, being dropped from a bridge and drowning are all quite humane. Let me ask, if he had set them on fire- should it be a felony? Exactly what is torture to you? some long drawn out systematic process like in the movies? Please educate all on what torture is and why torture does not deserve to be a felony? Although I fully expect you to pick and choose what questions you really want to answer reasonably.

  • csb1000 Sep 23, 2010

    Your wrong- Merrian Webster - a person who hates or distrusts humankind
    You can have your Wiki which by the defines itself as....
    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit
    Whatever fits your needs right?

    Torturing/abusing animals should be a felony. Because you don't think so does not make the other's opinion irrational. I is also not an "obvious" injustice because you think so.

    Still don't quite get why you think that when someone calls another person a name...it somehow relates to not supporting their beliefs. That makes no sense. I can say I believe the sky is blue, you can say the sky is green.....and if I call you a dolt, I somehow don't believe the sky is blue? Might want to lose that little repetative statement as it makes no sense.

  • fishon Sep 23, 2010

    On one hand it's terrible this guy didn't have his dog spayed, it had a litter he didn't want to mess with, and he disposed of his property. HIS property. Poorly executed and not very humane.

    On the other hand our laws says a woman's body is hers to do with what she wants so if she gets pregnant she can kill the unborn child. HER unborn child.

    So let's see, he didn't have his dog spayed or neutered (the dog could not do this for itself), but the woman who became pregnant (except for rape or incest) did have control of the situation that made her pregnant.

    Maybe someone can devise a pill that would immediately abort your dog's unborn puppies, or veterinary clinics set up to do that job.

    That would solve the problem of too many unwanted pets, just like too many unwanted babies.

  • timbo 2.0 Sep 23, 2010

    "Most people are probably misanthropes. Most people distrust other people and with good reason."

    No, "Misanthropy is a generalized dislike, distrust, disgust, contempt and hatred of the human species, human nature, or society. A misanthrope is someone who holds those views and feelings." Wiki.

    Putting humans on the same level as animals is an expression of misanthropy.

  • timbo 2.0 Sep 23, 2010

    "So it is irrational to want to have animals treated humanely and to want those that abuse them to be convicted of a felony? Once again, only your opinion ...based on narcissism."

    No, you just were arguing irrationally, as you are now. Please reread what I said.

    What you are doing now is arguing with yourself, as I never said treating animals humanely was irrational. Slow down and take a breath.

    "How does not putting the life of an animal lower on the scale of importance equate to being a misanthrope? "

    You dislike the human race so much you value an animal's life the same as a human? You're like those middle aged women with empty nest syndrome that treat their pets like their kids?

    "You're not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer are you?"

    Why? Because I don't have the same perspective as you? Interesting standard to have to align to.

    Like most people that can't support their beliefs, you stoop to name calling.

  • edbuck51 Sep 23, 2010

    a mass murder is just around the bend with this one

  • csb1000 Sep 23, 2010

    by the way - by defination..."a person who dislikes or distrusts other people or mankind in general "

    Most people are probably misanthropes. Most people distrust other people and with good reason.