Rocky Mount Man Charged With Animal Cruelty

A Rocky Mount man has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities say they found him trying to sell eight pit bull puppies whose ears were infected from being clipped with shears.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reported that 47-year-old Anthony Harrison is charged with eight counts each of felony animal cruelty and practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

A local businessman says he reported Harrison after talking with him about the puppies, which Harrison was trying to sell last week. Tom Williams says he then reported the dogs' condition to police.

A veterinarian treated the infections, and the dogs are now in the care of volunteers.

It wasn't immediately clear if Harrison has an attorney.


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  • by vicki on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    i was recently lucky enough to be able to adopt one of the puppies from this litter so I decided to look on the internet at the story and I'm honestly disgusted. It breaks my heart everytime I look at her poor little ears and think about how much pain she was in. She is the sweetest girl ever and to know that someone could be so unkind, heartless, and cruel to her angers me extremely because the only thing my girl does to anyone is kill them with love and affection. I hope this man's acts come back to haunt him in the worst ways because what he did to these amazing little pups was absolutely terrible
  • by Laurie Location: Wilson on Oct 18, 2011 at 05:28 PM
    Where does this man's case stand now? It makes me want to take the day off and be at the courthouse when his case comes up and stand up for those pups! Hope they get wonderful new homes where responsible folks will love them and show them that humans are not really the animals that this man is!
  • by CritterLover on Oct 13, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    "In the United States, in the '70s, they did the same thing to the Doberman. In the '80s they did it to the German shepherd, in the '90s they did it to the Rottweiler, and now they're doing it to the pit bull. So whatever dog is in fashion, people are going to blame them for things." --Cesar Milan
  • by kathryn Location: gatesville on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    Throw this sorry human in jail! Bless the people responsible for the rescue of these precious puppies.
  • by Nixon Location: Belhaven on Oct 13, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    will the dog be put up adoption??? i am interested in rescuing one of the puppies.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2011 at 11:01 AM in reply to Nixon
      Unless the euthanize them because of the breed im sure if they get a clean bill of health and there are no problems with the dogs they will be. Maybe try calling and inquiring about the dogs?
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        by anon on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:06 PM in reply to
        How ironic would that be to euthanize becuase of the breed and charge him with cruelty for keeping them alive.
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          by CritterLover on Oct 13, 2011 at 07:14 PM in reply to anon
          Anon, in the name of being humane, if I had a choice between writhing in pain and misery and being gently put down in loving arms, I'd choose the latter. Don't hate pibbles. Hate the humans who've given them a bad name. Any dog can be a fighter, any dog can attack, given the reason. Give pibbles a break!
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          by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2011 at 07:37 PM in reply to anon
          Ive heard of it happening. Where I use to live they would do that.
  • by sue on Oct 13, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    If he goes to jail maybe the guys in jail will take real good care of him. Maybe clip his ears to.
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Oct 13, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    when WILL THE POLITICIANS, take action and PASS ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS, this state needs to get a grip with all this stuff.. as far as the guy, hope you go to jail, get a hefty fine, and never be able to go near 300 ft of animals, hope no HOT SHOT LAWYER OR JUDGE, lets him off the hook. This has to stop.. and stricter laws need to be in place. Any POLITICIAN want to get involved...hope so....
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      by CritterLover on Oct 13, 2011 at 09:34 AM in reply to ncyankee
      because animals don't vote :(. If it were a human's ears being snipped, you bet your sweet behind there'd be heck to pay. Anyone who defends him or lets him off the hook is SCUM OF THE EARTH as well!!
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        by Dem Dawgs Do on Oct 13, 2011 at 05:17 PM in reply to CritterLover
        They do so! Stupidly but they do vote sometimes 3-4 times.
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          by CritterLover on Oct 14, 2011 at 07:46 AM in reply to Dem Dawgs Do
          ...I'm sorry, what universe are you living in? How to they sign their name, with a pawprint?
  • by KT Location: Martin County on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    Amen to your commnet !!!
  • by CritterLover on Oct 13, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    SCUM!!! ABSOLUTE SCUM!!! Aside from the perspective of whether or not it's ethical to modify the bodies' of animals for the sake of appearance or function (ex. docking tails), can you IMAGINE what kind of pain these poor puppies went through?? Chopping off part of their ears with SHEARS without anesthesia? SCUM!!
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      by Katie on Oct 13, 2011 at 07:39 PM in reply to CritterLover
      I agree. I worked for an animal hospital. Veterinarian or not, clipping ears is cruel. These dogs are in so much pain when they wake up from the anesthesia. A waste of money that could have been spent on getting their pet spayed or neutered instead. A good start would be putting pressure on kennel clubs (e.g. AKC, UKC, etc.) to no longer encourage clipped ears and docked tails.
  • by Gville Location: Gville on Oct 13, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    Someone should cut his ears off with shears and see if it bothers him!
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      by kathy on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:24 AM in reply to Gville
      good idea !!!!! I hope they throw him in jail!
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