SBI Investigating Incident In Duplin County

Sheriff Blake Wallace in Duplin County said early Sunday morning deputies responded to 513 Tram road.

Deputies were responding to a mobile home regarding several dead horses on the property.

Eventually deputies executed a search warrant when the resident would not answer the door.

Upon entering authorities say the resident shot and killed himself. Wallace says no deputies fired any shots.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident. The victim has not been identified.


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  • by Gina Location: Kinston on May 19, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    I heard that this small town has problems anyways.
  • by Carrie Location: Mount Olive on Feb 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    The SPCA was emailed and called by me and a few others. They were alerted. From what I am told they inspected the property and just told him he needed to feed them more. He complied. Their body weight improved. I would estimate they were scaling out at a bare 4 last spring and by November/December a high 4 low 5...when he hid them from the public eye. Now I wonder if he didn't have many horses WAY in the back that none of us even knew about...and judging from the photos I have to say yes. Some of those horses looked to have been dead MONTHS. Whomever it was that was there taking down the fenceline and graining them in December never came back? WHY? HORRIBLE! I wish we could go back in time.
  • by Carrie Location: Mount Olive on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    Alex, if you seen the situation then you would realize that these horses were being watched by us that passed by. From my understanding there are no NC regulations on how many horses per acre like in many other states. There is also no law stating a horse needs shelter like in other states. These horses were ribby in the beginning of the year LAST year and complaints were made. The horses Henneke score improved. When these horses were moved from the public eye is when things deteriorated. We could only view one or two horses at at time IF they walked into the right spot. Otherwise they were hidden and no one had any idea they were even there. I am sure there are many others like me that thought he had sold them since we could no longer see one or two poke their heads out in that small 8ft area not concealed by weeds. You also have to be advised that to just walk onto a person's property and start nosing around and taking pictures without permission is asking for trouble
  • by alex Location: lee county on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    It boggles my mind that so many people observed this situation (some who have actually posted on this very site) and allowed it to get to the point that it did! True, it sounds like local officials absolutely dropped the ball, and I hope that there are some SERIOUS consequences for their lack of action. However, when you see something THAT HORRIFIC and you can't get results locally, for God's sake, GO ABOVE THEM. Call local news media. Call the National Humane Society. Tell them how atrocious and dire the situation is, and that no one in your local gov't will do anything about it. Get them to take pictures and video. I GUARANTEE that something will happen. County officials don't like being called out in the media, that's for certain. I just can't believe how many people apparently saw the situation, said, "oh well, it is what it is..." and just turned their heads to it. How could you sleep at night? I couldn't, and I only saw news footage of it.....
  • by sickened Location: bertie county on Feb 9, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    you're right Jimmy. this is just REPULSIVE! I don't know how people live with themselves! There were so many other options. I can think of a few people now who would foster until they were found homes.
  • by Understanding on Feb 8, 2010 at 07:16 PM
    Jimmy You seem to know an awful lot about this situation..however, you didn't seem to do anything to help it..your just a problem identifyer..not a problem solver.. you should probably sit back and let people who are willing to try to change the problem take care of these things and you just ..watch "Family Guy" if you won't help and invest your time to make a situation better. Then just share your opinion with..your wife or Husband..or whoever it is that's so lucky to have you in their life.
  • by Horse Lover Location: Duplin County on Feb 8, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    Nothing is going to change in Duplin County until the County Manager, Commissioners and Animal Control wake up and realize that there is a SERIOUS problem here. I know for a fact that if you call the Sheriff's Dept in Kenansville that they will tell you to call Animal Control. I have personally went to Animal Control SEVERAL times for different situations with horse issues and they say that they do not deal with horses or other large animals, and that they were told by the COUNTY MANAGER not to do ANYTHING but refer them to Raleigh. I thought that Animal Control was ANIMAL CONTROL. We may as well say that Duplin County only has a DOG CATCHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But it is still a sad day in Duplin that the COUNTY let it get this bad before something was done. If the Sheriffs Dept went out and thought that nothing was wrong, what does that say about them.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    I would say from the writing style that Susan is the young girl Carrie saw, and she may not have animals of her own.
  • by jimmy Location: duplin county on Feb 8, 2010 at 02:13 PM
    I would someone would idetify Susan and let the police check her animals out becuase if she calls this looked after and if she has animals they are bound to be in a terrible state. I agree people shouldn't jump to conclusions however in this case i saw these dead horse's and I also transported three of the remaining 7 that were barely alive having to physically pick the rearend of one up to load becuase she was so weak from hunger. I've raised horses all my life we trail ride, barrel race,and show our horses. We buy horse feed and hay as regular as we buy groceries. this part of Duplin Co. is horse country, there is no excuse under the sun for this to have happen infact there is know excuse for this to happen any where there are resources availible to pevent this pure and simple selfish and sorry and for anyone to conplain and defend this action is totally repulsive and insulting to the people that insure thier animals are cared for. Again sorry for the family.
  • by Carrie Location: Mount Olive on Feb 8, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    I would like it to be known that this abuse was not over a long period. I seen them all spring/summer/fall and they were in good health. Just not a great living condition (very small paddock for too many animals which resulted in mud knee deep). The neglect started at Christmas. When they were moved from the 1/2 acre plot to a 'pen' hidden behind the rickety barn. No longer were us passing by able to view these horses on a closer level. Too shaggy to see the bones and the barn and weeds hid any horses that went down. The small area visible..no horses. Did they all get tied in the barn at the end? The police drive by this house daily. It's one of the main roads. The house is on the road and the barn just behind the house.
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