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Dogs Starved to Death in Harnett County

Posted October 25, 1996

— Construction workers in Harnett County made a grisly discovery Monday. At least 10 starved, or nearly starved, dogs were found on some abandoned property.

The people who used to live there fed the stray dogs, but they moved recently. Harnett County Animal Control was called about the dogs nearly three weeks ago, but say they are so far behind in responding to calls, they had not visited the property.

Reporter Victoriana Summers was called upon to cover the story of the abandoned dogs. She says she was overcome with emotion, but did manage to save one dog she named Happy.

Harnett County Animal Control was called about the dogs nearly three weeks ago, but Harnett County Human Resources Director Wayne Faircloth says they are so far behind in responding to calls, they had not visited the property.

Faircloth says stray animal calls take a back seat to animal bite and rabies calls. He says he simply does not have the staff to respond quickly to calls about strays.

Faircloth says the man and woman who lived together on the property will not be charged with anything. They did not own the dogs, they merely fed them.

There has been no evidence found that any of the dead or emaciated dogs had owners. There were no identification tags, no licenses and none had been vaccinated against rabies.

There are still a few dogs roaming on the property, apparently looking for food. Six dead dogs were found Friday.

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