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Zebulon couple surrenders animals

Posted March 31, 2010

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— A Zebulon couple surrendered more than 100 animals Tuesday to animal control. The conditions at the home were so bad that most of the animals did not survive, authorities said.

The couple, Johnny and Mary Morton, were charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

A half dozen dogs from their home are now available for adoption at the Wake County Animal Control center.

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  • Adelinthe Apr 1, 2010

    teresa - "...it's high time the laws are changed to make this sort of thing a felony."

    AMEN, AND AMEN!!!

    God bless.

    RB

  • Adelinthe Apr 1, 2010

    "The conditions at the home were so bad that most of the animals did not survive, authorities said.

    The couple, Johnny and Mary Morton, were charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty."

    MISDEMEANOR MY EYE.

    100 animals were suffering living with these people. That it's being treated as a MISDEMEANOR is a travesty.

    Praying for those poor wee beasties, most of which animal control says did not survive, and praying their captors find karma most harsh.

    God bless.

    RB

  • BigBangTheorist Apr 1, 2010

    It makes absolutely no difference if they were hoarders or breeders. This kind of behavior is deplorable, and it's high time the laws are changed to make this sort of thing a felony. If they were "breeders", surely more animals than just a few would have been able to be saved. This kind of thing is far too common. As human beings, we are on this earth to play the role as stewards of our environment, to include treating animals better than this. It is out of control and we need to stop considering this behavior as misdemeanor offenses, and instead a felony. It is a proven fact that people that abuse or neglect animals are highly likely to treat people that way. Enough is enough!

  • Garnerian Apr 1, 2010

    They should get the death penalty for doing that to those animals. Actually living in those kind of conditions would be a good enough punishment. Could you imagine the stink. wow

  • wildcat Apr 1, 2010

    Why do many people want so many animals knowing they cannot take care of them? They should have been charge and they should not be allowed to have not animal in their life time.

  • rescuefan Apr 1, 2010

    Actually, hoarders aren't trying to help animals. Normally they get a couple of animals and never alter them, so they breed and breed and breed until they end up with 100 animals that have to be euthanized. Yes, it is a mental disorder, if this was a hoarding case. They don't find new homes for them because they think they are attached to them and don't want to give them up. If this was what happened, they should be prohibited from owning another animals for a set time period and required to get counseling. Otherwise, they will just start amassing more animals.

  • SweetB Apr 1, 2010

    SPAY & NEUTER NOW.

  • hardwork919 Apr 1, 2010

    I think I need more info before I make an assumption on this one... like another poster asked, were they hoarders or breeders? If they were genuinely trying to help and just got overwhelmed, I don't think that's fair because those animals probably would have died anyway... but like I said, I'll wait for more details.

  • rescuefan Apr 1, 2010

    "Charges NOT harsh enough
    B1H"

    Unfortunately they never are....

  • B1H Apr 1, 2010

    Charges NOT harsh enough

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