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D.A. To Wait On Filing Charges Against Couple Accused Of Animal Cruelty

Posted June 3, 2005

— Orange County's district attorney has yet to make a final decision on whether to file charges against a couple accused of animal cruelty.

An Orange County animal control officer found 66 dogs living in one house in Chapel Hill last weekend. Authorities said the dogs' owners, Kenneth and Robin Wiseman, had good intentions in caring for the dogs but became overwhelmed.

District Attorney Jim Woodall said that because of the volume of evidence to be reviewed and the varying conditions of the dogs, he would wait before filing any charges, the Orange County Animal Control said in a statement Friday.

Investigators said they found the animals living in unclean living conditions and that many of them appeared to be undernourished and suffering from visible skin lesions.

Most of the animals have been placed in rescue groups or foster homes. Some had to be euthanized.

The Wisemans did not have permits to keep so many dogs.


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