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More than 100 animals seized at Brunswick County residence

Posted July 16

— Authorities have seized more than 100 animals, including dogs, ducks and birds from a home in Belville in Brunswick County.

Authorities say 10 dogs and about 100 ducks and other birds were taken from the home Tuesday. The Humane Society says that some of the cages had rotting eggs in the bottom.

Sheriff's deputies say that 33-year-old Mary Eva Faith Stoltz has been jailed on 10 counts of animal cruelty. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney.

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  • WRALModzDeleteOurComments Jul 16, 3:45 p.m.

    This was posted on another news outlet:

    BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- Brunswick County Animal Protective... View More

    — Posted by alwaysconcernedmom

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    Thanks.
    This story says there were some cages. They must've been in a building I'm thinking, cause were the cages outdoors, the smell would not have been as strong.
    Poor babies.

  • WRALModzDeleteOurComments Jul 16, 3:44 p.m.

    The way the story is currently written, it SOUNDS like the animals were in her house, not a... View More

    — Posted by busyb97

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    Whoa, I hope not.
    But with some people, it may be so.

  • WRALModzDeleteOurComments Jul 16, 3:43 p.m.

    I'm not concerned about the rotting eggs to a great extent.
    What other concerns were there with the welfare of the animals?
    Prayers those animals DO get humane treatment and find happy homes, and aren't just taken to a pound where they're put down due to over-crowding.

  • alwaysconcernedmom Jul 16, 12:45 p.m.

    This was posted on another news outlet:

    BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- Brunswick County Animal Protective Services rescued more than 100 farm animals from a neighborhood in Belville today.

    They received a complaint about the conditions at the home owned by Mary Stoltz on Hidden Branches Drive. The case was so large they brought in the Humane Society of the United States for help.

    Investigators said the situation was unbearable.

    "Pretty bad conditions," Animal Protective Services Lt. Thomas Tolley said. "Feces. The ammonia smell. It really burns. It burns our eyes just from being in there for 15 minutes. I couldn't imagine what it's doing to those animals that are in there 24/7."

    Stoltz is charged with animal cruelty.

    The animals will be taken to Brunswick County Animal Protective Services for recovery.

    Sounds awful!

  • landonsgrampa Jul 16, 12:19 p.m.

    The way the story is currently written, it SOUNDS like the animals were in her house, not a... View More

    — Posted by busyb97

    That's what I gathered also. There was no mention of pens, gates, fences or farm.

  • landonsgrampa Jul 16, 12:17 p.m.

    Throw the book at her!

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Jesus is returning soon. Hans and I actually agreed on something. Hooray

  • busyb97 Jul 16, 12:00 p.m.

    The way the story is currently written, it SOUNDS like the animals were in her house, not a homestead/farm environment.

  • Reformed Liberal Jul 16, 11:57 a.m.

    I agree with others here. There are no details to this story. What were the conditions of the dogs and birds? A few rotten eggs doesn't cut it for animal cruelty charges.

  • NCwhisperer... Jul 16, 11:42 a.m.

    tickldpnk ............I AGREE!

  • nativeNCgrl Jul 16, 11:33 a.m.

    I agree with other posters that this story seems incomplete. Rotting eggs does not equate to cruelty. Anyone who raised fowls knows that they like to hide their eggs, which often leads to rotting eggs (which is gross, I'll admit!) but that isn't cruelty on the human's part.

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