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Moore County man charged with animal cruelty

Posted September 17, 2013
Updated September 19, 2013

— Moore County sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday charged a man with felony animal cruelty.

Sheriff Neil Godfrey said his office received a report about a dog that had been killed by its owner. Moore County Animal Control officers found the dog at the owners’ residence, along with evidence that would indicate the animal was beaten to death. Investigators did not provide details about the evidence.

James Damon Black, 33, of West End, was arrested Tuesday. He was held in the Moore County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

Black is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 14 in Moore County District Court in Carthage.


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  • Scubagirl Sep 18, 2013

    "But then I read the article and discover it was just one animal.

    And? Your point would be? Just because it's 'just one animal' does NOT make it more acceptable. Lock him up! Fine him! Make sure he NEVER owns another animal. I just wish there was a national registry for animal abusers just like sex offenders.

  • crystalswisher Sep 18, 2013

    He should be put in prison for a good long time and kicked and beat to death just like he did this poor defenseless animal.

  • vincentwilliam794 Sep 18, 2013

    We definitely need stricter laws protecting animals. this is going on everywhere, so sad. this guy, well, Im not going to say what I think. @cn38, I agree, hope some politician will see this article and do something about it. so sad, cant imagine what that poor animal whent through

  • LocalYokel Sep 18, 2013

    When I read the title I thought they may have finally charged an animal farmer with cruelty to thousands of animals raised under inhumane conditions for profit.

    But then I read the article and discover it was just one animal.

  • bdu4dals2 Sep 18, 2013

    He may have thought the dog was getting into his Meth supply.

  • connieleigh4 Sep 18, 2013

    cn38of50: I totally agree with you. They would never be able to own another animal of any type and serve jail time and pay a HUGE fine!!!

  • cn38of50 Sep 18, 2013

    Any one convicted of animal abuse should serve time, pay a HUGE fine, be registered in a data base and have his/her home subject to search at any time. They should NEVER be allowed to own another animal...not even a goldfish!

  • Slappy171 Sep 18, 2013

    Another pillar of our society.

  • wolfpack32 Sep 18, 2013

    I hope this lunatic doesn't have kids or a wife, because if you can do that to a dog, you can do it to a human.

  • Toda Sep 18, 2013

    North Carolina is lax when it comes to animals and breeding practices. There could be no justification for what that person did to a defenseless animal. No so what ever. I advocate active prison sentences for anyone convicted of abusing an animal. No less than 2 nor more than 5 years.

    Our General Assembly has toyed with the Commercial Breeders Legislation for years. HB 460 received little or no support from Republicans. The bill was finally sent back to finance where it died an untimely death. Now, the First Lady of North Carolina is supporting legislation to shore up puppy mill penalties. Hopefully with people like Jerry W Tillman of Randolph County, she might chose her words carefully and don' hold her breath.

    Animals come into this world full of joy and happiness, eager to please, always loving, but soon find that humans are the worst of beasts when it comes to torture. The Moore County Courts must insure that people like that dirt-bag receive the full force and effect.