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Cumberland puppy euthanized after maiming

Posted January 17, 2011

— An 8-week-old pit bull puppy that was stabbed last week allegedly during a domestic dispute had to be euthanized, Cumberland County authorities said Monday.

Deputies said Cory Lashan Price was arguing with his girlfriend last Tuesday when she told him to leave. Price then grabbed their pit bull puppy as he walked out the door, tossed it in the air and impaled it in the side with a knife, authorities said.

"I just can't believe anyone would have the heart to do something like that," said Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Cumberland puppy euthanized after maiming Cumberland puppy euthanized after maiming

Price's girlfriend declined to comment Monday.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Price, 26, of 2210 Caramel Drive, charging him with felony animal cruelty. He wasn't in custody as of Monday evening.

Cumberland County Animal Control officers found the puppy hiding under the back steps to the home. The animal was taken to Southern Oaks Animal Hospital in Hope Mills, where it was euthanized because of its extensive injuries.

"We got a lot of calls. People who didn't know the dog had been euthanized wanted to adopt it," Tanna said.

This is the second case of animal cruelty in Cumberland County in recent months in which a pit bull puppy was harmed in a domestic dispute. The other puppy, which was set on fire in July, recovered and was adopted by a Raleigh family last month.

"People get angry when you hurt a child or animal or senior adult," Tanna said.

Anyone who knows of Price’s whereabouts is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or the anonymous TIPSLINE at 484-TIPS (8477).


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  • PTParks Jan 19, 2011

    Oh I'm sure Mr. Price comes from a broken home...his father beat him before he split...he was raised by his grandmother...he dropped out of school...can't keep a job...nobody loves him...bla, bla, bla, bla. all the normal lame excuses for criminal behavior. No pity here and I hope there is none when they take him to court. They can throw him UNDER the jail and forget he's there for all I care. There is no punishment sufficient enough to pay for this degree of animal cruelty.

  • Curlyq Jan 18, 2011

    of course it was a pitbull puppy....Thats the only type of dog irresponsible dog owners seem to have.

  • Curlyq Jan 18, 2011

    This is an epidemic and the problem is to big for me to hold it all in. I dont know what to do. I cant hold all the anger I have inside over how people treat animals. My only wish is that when people see the neglect of animals happening in front of them, DO SOMETHING! Dont just turn your head. It makes me almost physically sick. It angers me beyond what I am able to speak. So many people choose to turn their cheeks....and I pray about it all the time.

    I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness, and betrayal. I was angry."God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?" God was silent for a moment, and then spoke softly, "I have done something," was the reply. "I created you." ~J. Willis

    Be the difference you want to be in the world!

  • lakeyk1 Jan 18, 2011

    This is so sad and just heart breaking for the suffering this little innocent and trusting puppy endured at the hands of Cory Lashan Price. What a prince of an inhuman "adult". I pray that this little puppy will get justice and you get what's coming to you.lindak

  • just cause Jan 18, 2011

    This story made me swear out loud at that monster's picture and I don't usually do that. Disgusting.

  • wewoods Jan 18, 2011

    Hope they do the same thing to you, worthless p.o.s. Nothing says your a man like stabbing a helpless animal, right?

    Why do we still put up with people like this in our society? Get rid of them and allow the good ones to take their place.

  • simplysmurfy Jan 18, 2011

    I knew when i read this article what sort of comments would be left. It's a very sad story, and if he can pick up a puppy and do this sort of thing, it makes me shutter to imagine if a child had been in the room. Our animal friends deserve so much better than what we give them. They trust and love us, and this is what they get in return.

  • driverkid3 Jan 18, 2011

    I bet this monster feels like a REALLY big man doing that to the poor puppy. I'd like to get him alone for 15 minutes or so.

  • MudLife Jan 17, 2011

    this poor puppy :( thats so sad and mean OMG that poor poor puppy.

  • Mon Account Jan 17, 2011

    He'd be much safer in police custody- I have a feeling his 'friends' will rat him out and people other than the law will get to him first. Or at least I hope. I don't condone violence but I don't think I'd be too upset about it.