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Durham woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Posted December 11, 2012 3:22 p.m. EST

— A dog needs a new home after its owner pleaded guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty, Durham County authorities said.

A concerned neighbor called Durham County deputies to 2811 Owen St. on July 11 to report that the dog had been tethered outside for days in 100-plus degree heat with no food, water or shelter, authorities said. The dog was in extremely poor health, and Laquita Renee Brown surrendered the animal to authorities the following day.

The dog, now named Remy, weighed only 16.7 pounds when deputies took it to the Animal Protection Society of Durham's shelter. The group nursed the dog back to health, and authorities said it now weighs 41.9 pounds.

Brown, 34, of 1402 Wydlewood Road, was sentenced to 15 days in jail, suspended to one year on probation, and was barred from owning any more dogs. She also was ordered to pay APS more than $1,200 in restitution for caring for the dog.

Remy is available for adoption, and interested people can visit the shelter, at 2117 E. Club Blvd., call 919-560-0640 or email doginfo@apsofdurham.org.