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Some Animals Returned To Hope Mills Man

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HOPE MILLS, N.C. — A Cumberland County man who once lived with 63 animals has some of his pets back.

In December, a judge ruled that the animals be removed from Charles Hudson's care until charges of neglect were settled in court. Cumberland County Animal Control pressed charges because many of the animals in his care were malnourished.

Animal control officers said that Hudson, 74, owned more than 30 chickens and turkeys, 10 dogs, two horses, two cats, and several other animals.

They said that all of the animals lived in the backyard of Hudson's Hope Mills home.

A neighbor's complaint sparked the investigation in September.

Both sides reached an agreement last week that lets Hudson keep three of the dogs and all of the chickens.

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