Officers said that Charles Hudson, 74, owns more than 30 chickens and turkeys, 10 dogs, two horses, two cats, and several other animals. They said that all of the animals live in the backyard of Hudson's Hope Mills home.
A neighbor's complaint sparked an investigation in September into animal neglect at the home.
Sgt. Jonny Smith of Cumberland County Animal Control said that the animals were malnourished, surrounded by filth and had inadequate shelter.
He said that Hudson has been without water and electricity for months.
"The person has just taken on too much. He is not in a position where he's able to take care of those animals," Smith said.
Hudson said that he feeds his animals before he feeds himself.
Officials hope that the court order to remove the animals from the home will side in their favor.
Hudson said that if his animals go, so will he.
"If I can't even enjoy my grandkids or raise something to eat or make a dollar without somebody down my neck, then I'll go somewhere else," he said.
Smith said that one of Hudson's dogs has died because of neglect.
In the past few years, Cumberland County Animal Control has come under fire for improper policies for handling animals. Smith said that the request for the court order proves the department now takes a proactive approach these situations.
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