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Fayetteville dog owner could face animal cruelty charges

Posted October 2, 2008

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— The owner of a pack of dogs could face animal cruelty charges after Cumberland County Animal Control officers removed seven dogs from their home on Carlos Avenue Thursday.

Residents are allowed to have three dogs. If a person has more than three dogs, those dogs must be spayed or neutered. The animals also must be properly cared for.

“We did find no water for them, no dog houses available. And one other charge that could be filed against them would be for not having rabies shots,” Animal Control Investigator Alan Canady said.

The owner's name has not been released.

Neighbors called the police early Thursday after the pack of dogs, which included a pit bull mix, began attacking one of their own – a small puppy.

“It was awful. You would have thought they were killing the dog, as bad as it was yelping,” neighbor Dee Everitte said.

A city police officer sprayed the dogs to break up the fight. The puppy wasn't badly injured, animal control officers said.

Officers seized the dogs.

Neighbors said this was not the first time the dogs were roaming the neighborhood off of Carlos Avenue.

"It's been an ongoing problem for over a year,” neighbor Marci Dees said. "Walking across the street, they will chase you. They're always in your yard.”

According to neighbors, the dogs even pinned a disabled woman against the railing of her ramp.

Neighbors said they have called for help before, but Animal Control officials could only confirm a dog bite call at the same location in 1998.

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  • dodah59 Oct 10, 2008

    A dog is only as mean as the person raising it, why must all bad things that dogs do be blamed on Pit Bulls? The blame belongs on the person/persons who own the dog. If they are not getting the care they need then take them, give them a little training and let someone who will love and take care of them adopt them.

  • Hell-Raiser Oct 3, 2008

    "shane you are disgusting. why don't you get your kids inside and then call animal control? or are you and your children so entitled to not even missing an hour of sun so you can spare the life of a puppy that someone probably loves? my dog has gotten out of our yard once or twice, and i swear to god if anyone shot him without giving him a minute to show what a sweet demeanor he has, i would kill them."

    There was one instance that I called animal control because of a dog at my front porch being aggressive anytime you tried to go out the door, and they never showed up. Next step is to take matters into your own hands. It's not my fault some people can't control their dogs.

  • paddie Oct 3, 2008

    There are no bad dogs, only dirty rotten scumbag owners! This mans name should be platered everywhere. He should feel the wrath of the community upon his sorry head!

  • sayitoutloud Oct 3, 2008

    The reason I threw the fact that it is a PIT is b/c they are known aggressive dogs. I have 2 labs, this dog has tried to fight my male lab several times. They also have 2 Rotties that roam the neighborhood too, and if they threaten me or my family they will be shot too. We (me and a few other neighbors) have called animal control and all they did was threaten to give the owners a citiation b/c the dogs had NO rabies shots. I called the animal control back and told them not to worry about coming back out b/c the dogs will be taken care of one way or another.
    I know some people raise their dogs to be sweet and gentle....BUT there are those that raise them to be aggressive. These are those types of dogs.

  • LibertarianTechie Oct 3, 2008

    The owners of these dogs are very irresponsible. How dare they allow a dog to just roam the neighborhood. Don't even get me started on the no water/shelter thing. These poor dogs were mistreated and may have to be put down if they can't be adopted out. The dog's owner(s) need to be charged with animal cruelty (one for each animal), and harboring an animal for harassment purposes. This should put them in for at least five years and ban them from ever owning another dog again.

  • changedmyname Oct 3, 2008

    Deb1003- My comment was strictly sarcasm. The caption on the photo says “pit bull mix”. That dog is more of a shepherd mix, but could be anything. (Shepherd’s are amazing dogs, along with all the other well trained breeds with responsible caring owners).
    It’s amazing how the media will put pit bull mix up there at a drop of the hat. The main thing is that anything that they are not sure of and aggressive is normally identified as a pit bull.

    But it’s not about the dog. It’s about irresponsible owners.

  • Tracey1229 Oct 3, 2008

    shane you are disgusting. why don't you get your kids inside and then call animal control? or are you and your children so entitled to not even missing an hour of sun so you can spare the life of a puppy that someone probably loves? my dog has gotten out of our yard once or twice, and i swear to god if anyone shot him without giving him a minute to show what a sweet demeanor he has, i would kill them.

  • Deb1003 Oct 3, 2008

    The story stated that one of the dogs in the pack that attack a neighbor's dog was a pit bull mix. Perhaps that is were the pit bull reference came from in the comments. Perhaps you overlooked that paragraph.

  • changedmyname Oct 3, 2008

    Where is the PIT BULL ???
    He is at home...
    but you can bet that the media will blame him for any and all dog attacks in his neighborhood

  • dogsrule12cheek Oct 3, 2008

    Why throw in the pit coming in the yard, I just don't know why poeple have to always condemn PIT Bulls they are only as mean as the owner makes them. I have one and she is not like that....

    But anyways back to the story at least the Fayetteville animal control does something about animal abuse.

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