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Two in Raleigh charged with animal cruelty

Posted August 5, 2011 11:11 p.m. EDT
Updated August 7, 2011 3:35 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police charged two residents of 6608 Professor St. Friday with animal cruelty after more than 65 dogs were seized from the home over the past two days.

Property records for the home show it belongs to Salvatore and Betty Jane Barone, Carolyn Burnham and Barbara Woodworth.

Burnham and Woodworth face 10 counts each of animal cruelty – one count each for the three Pekingese, five Shih Tzus, one Chihuahua and one Pomeranian which had to be euthanized after being removed from their home – police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Both were being held Saturday at the Wake County Jail on $100,000 bond.

The Wake County Animal Center said the 67 dogs seized from 6608 Professor St. were kept in cages, sometimes two or three at a time, and appeared neglected. Some dogs had medical problems, including tumors, cancer and open sores, and others were so obese they could not stand on their own.

In 2009, 5 on Your Side did a story about Burnham, who was associated with websites that advertised as breeders. At the time, those companies got an "F" rating on by the Better Business Bureau.

The companies are no longer in business, according to the Better Business Bureau.