The 88 dogs recently surrendered to the U.S. Humane Society cannot be adopted out for the time being because of a legal issue.
In Jones County Court Friday a judge granted permission for George and Joyce Brown to maintain ownership of the dogs by setting a bond hearing, the amount of money needed to care for the dogs, which Humane Society officials say is a typical procedure when an animal is seized. However, in this case, the Humane Society says the animals were not seized, but rather the Brown's signed documents surrendering them. Humane Society of North Carolina director Kim Alboum says bond hearings in surrender cases are unheard of.
According to the district attorney's office, a judge will now decide a bond based on the cost for the Humane Society to take care of the animals for a month. That can range from $10 to $15 a day per animal. If the Brown's can make the bond the Humane Society would then keep the dogs for 30 days with the Brown's paying the bill. The judge could then rule to renew the bond until the criminal case against the Brown's would be resolved. If the Brown's are found not guilty they could petition the court to get their animals back.
A hearing is set for April 13th, but the district attorney's office is trying to move up the date to as soon as possible.