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Starved dog found in Fayetteville apartment; couple charged

Posted January 14

Frankie Lynn Barker, 30, and Danielle Elizabeth Durocher, 27, were arrested and charged with felony cruelty to animals. They were being held at the Cumberland County Jail under $10,000 secured bonds.
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— A Fayetteville couple was arrested Thursday after authorities said they abandoned their dogs in an apartment without access to food or water.

Cumberland County Animal Control officers responded to a call at 412 Oakridge Road on Tuesday, after hearing concerns that a dog had been abandoned in the apartment. Officers posted a 24-hour notice on the apartment door for the owners to contact Animal Control.

When they returned on Wednesday, officers had the property manager open the door so they could check on the animal. Officers said that they found one dead dog and one living one inside. There was no food or water in the dog’s metal crates.

A necropsy found that the deceased dog had no trace of food in her stomach or intestines. Other than starvation, the dog had no other health issues that would have caused its death, said Director of Animal Control Dr. John Lauby.

At the time of necropsy, the dog weighed 15 pounds. Lauby estimated that the dog was between 1 and 3 years of age and should have weighed about 35 pounds.

Frankie Lynn Barker, 30, and Danielle Elizabeth Durocher, 27, were arrested and charged with felony cruelty to animals. They were being held at the Cumberland County Jail under $10,000 secured bonds.

Both were scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

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  • James Grimes Jr. Jan 15, 2016
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    That would be nice.

  • Michael Clay Jan 15, 2016
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    I just don't understand why they would do this to those dogs! If you're not going to take care of the animals please don't buy them!

  • Dorinda Hayes Jan 14, 2016
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    You are both pure dung. How can you put an animal in a cage and leave it to starve to death. I hope you both rot in hell. I could lock you both up and starve you to death, and not lose a wink of sleep. That is horrible to think of what those poor dogs went through. Animal control should have went in right away, but it must be another stupid law, in a state that does so little to help animals, that have no voice.

  • Karen Wilson Jan 14, 2016
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    So sad! They are a disgrace to the human race. I agree with you Mike Welsch. I wish the penalties were much worse for these types of crimes.

  • Real Libertine Jan 14, 2016
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    Rather than risk these two breeding other defective humans, is sterilization an option?

  • Lori Murphy Jan 14, 2016
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    [quote=15234586]Post by Donnie Dietrich

    I totally agree, Donnie

  • Dan Abbate Jan 14, 2016
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    search facebook: frankie barker fayetteville to visit this guys page.

  • William Patterson Jan 14, 2016
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    hope they get the max and a healthy fine to be given to animal rescue agencies....

  • Donnie Dietrich Jan 14, 2016
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    How about we starve these two meth heads to death inside a cage. Awful people!

  • Tara Gallagher Jan 14, 2016
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    I could not agree more, Mike Welsch!

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