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Rocky Mount man charged with animal cruelty

Posted October 13, 2011
Updated October 16, 2011

— A Rocky Mount man has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities say they found him trying to sell eight pit bull puppies whose ears were infected from being clipped with shears.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reported (http://bit.ly/rsa3vl) that Anthony V. Harrison, 47, is charged with eight counts each of felony animal cruelty and practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

A local businessman said he reported Harrison after talking with him about the puppies, which Harrison was trying to sell last week. Tom Williams said he then reported the dogs' condition to police.

A veterinarian treated the infections, and the dogs were placed in the care of volunteers.

It wasn't immediately clear if Harrison had an attorney.

Harrison was convicted of second-degree rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor in 1991, according to state Department of Correction records. He served 3½ years in prison. He also has larceny and drug-possession convictions.


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  • CuriousT Oct 13, 2011

    There's a book I read as a young girl that STILL impacts me. "Beautiful Joe" is a story very much like this. It should be a "must read" for all children. Then they don't grow up into cruel adults - we hope.


  • concerncitizen Oct 13, 2011

    This is way past dumb! This stupid! This guy miss treats puppies, takes them around trying to sell them, and believes no one is going to call the police? Is there a name for that level of stupid?

  • anne53ozzy Oct 13, 2011

    "STOP CUTTING OFF MY EARS !!" This is a public service announcement for all dogs, pitts or not.

  • Here2tellya Oct 13, 2011

    At least now they have a chance to heal up, be adopted and not be used for dog fights. Poor lil fellas.

  • Ashen-Shugar Oct 13, 2011

    Very sad. My wife and I recently adopted a Doberman puppy and we decided from the start not to have his ears clipped after reading horror stories like this.

  • panterap89 Oct 13, 2011

    I know right?It's almost like when people circumcise a baby and say it's for his own good and think it don't hurt cause they are little and are given meds. How do you know?

  • Weetie Oct 13, 2011

    Ever wonder why people that do things like this can go on with their day like nothing has happened?

  • country4ever Oct 13, 2011

    Wow....those poor puppies - just think of the pain they had to endure!! :(

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 13, 2011

    My question now is will there be any sort of significant punishment?
    October 13, 2011 8:29 a.m.

  • luvmyjackrascal Oct 13, 2011

    Why do people do that? Can you imagine how that hurts? Those poor dogs...