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Dogs rescued from Moore County home; eyesore remains

Posted February 16, 2010

— After years of complaints from neighbors, more than 20 dogs have been rescued from a home in Moore County, but officials said conditions at the home remain deplorable for the residents.

The home, off Lucas Road, has been condemned, and junked cars lie about the yard. Mangy dogs are chained outside, and a dilapidated RV is covered with a tarp.

Lucas Road junkyard in Seven Lakes Neighbors complained of squalor, animal neglect

Paul Owenby lives in the home with his ailing sister. He called a Moore County deputy Tuesday when a WRAL News crew tried to go onto his property to talk to him.

Neighbors Stan Boley said he and other nearby residents have complained to Moore County officials about Owenby for three years.

"I called the health department and complained about the way the yard looks and the way it stinks sometimes," Boley said.

The barking of about 30 dogs at the home has been the biggest nuisance, he said.

"We can't even sit on our patio, especially in the summertime, because of the noise and everything else," he said.

The property is located across from the gated Seven Lakes West community, and Boley said the green of the No. 12 hole is less than 150 yards from the home.

Moore County Manager Cary McSwain said that Owenby has had ample time to clean the property. The county attorney is looking at other ways to remove the junk and bring it into compliance with zoning rules, McSwain said.

Neighbors also voiced concerns that Owenby's dogs are going hungry and getting sick.

Owenby ended up with the dogs because they belonged to several family members who used to live on the property, animal control officer Bryant Voss said.

"To me, the worst part of the situation is the family. They're down," Voss said.

He said he has been working with Owenby, telling him to improve living conditions and sometimes fining him. Owenby has always complied, Voss said, but he's just overwhelmed.

"He's hit the point, it's like, 'I can't do it anymore. I need help,'" Voss said.

Animal Control and the Humane Society have removed most of the dogs, and the animals are undergoing medical evaluations in hopes that they can be available for adoption.

"They're in real decent shape. Some of the things they've been fed have not been the best for them in the world," Voss said.


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  • smalldogsrule Feb 17, 2010

    I really feel sorry for the arrogant putz of a neighbor. Instead of calling and complaining because this guy has a trashy yard close to your preacious golf course (of which far too much valuable realestate is wasted on) Why don't you go over and see if maybe this guy just needs a little help cleaning the place up? I get absolutely sick of the arrogant folks coming in from other places, then complaining about how things are here. I had a neighbor that had similar issues, You know what, we became pretty good friends after i helped him get rid of the junk and garbage around his house that bothered him too.

  • spacecowgirl73 Feb 17, 2010

    dogs get treated better than humans because they are WAY better than most humans around, in the fact that they love unconditionally. Most humans are incapable of doing that

  • alice4 Feb 17, 2010

    I won't be upset if this is not posted - However, when you read this story only in America - I am truly glad that so many of the dogs were rescued - However, what about those people - He has paid fine - the dogs were fed -maybe not the best but I am sure what he could afford. I don't know where Seven Lakes, NC is located but aren't their churchs, welfare, You have 2 or 3 men that seem to be relating to this man - SPCA, Sherriff, DA,
    can't someone in that community lend a helping hand - He might not accept a hand out - but what about a hand up. Only in America when dogs are treated better than humans. What type of people have we become that this story truly is an every day occurance.