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NEW INFO: Starving Dogs Owner Comes Forward

Lenoir County authorities say the owner of 13 dogs that were dropped off at the SPCA shelter has come forward.

Deputies say that owner came to the Lenoir County Courthouse Thursday night and made a statement to an investigator. The owner, a Greene County resident, admitted that the dogs were being kept in Greene County.

“Because the dogs were being kept in Greene County the matter has now been turned over to Greene County animal control,” said Major Chris Hill.

Greene County Animal Control identified the owner as Wilbert Davis. Randy Hawkins says his agency just received the case and will now begin investigating.

The SPCA found the 13 dogs Monday morning at their facility. The starving animals were actually eating off of one of their own when discovered.

At first the animal group feared many of the 12 surviving dogs would have to be euthanized because of their poor conditions. But six of the dogs have now been adopted.


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There's some good news for some of the starving hunting dogs that were dumped off at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter in Lenoir County.

The shelter says two of the Walker hounds have been adopted out and more could find new homes later today.

The SPCA found the 12 dogs Monday morning at their facility. The starving animals were actually eating off of one of their own when discovered. At first the animal group feared many of the dogs would have to be euthanized because of their poor conditions.

The SPCA says they have seen a great response from the community after the discovery became public.

The Sheriff's Office now has surveillance footage from the shelter and hopes that will help their investigation into just who dropped the dogs at the shelter.

The SPCA and the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides credible information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.


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A reward is being offered in hopes of finding out who left thirteen starving hunting dogs at an animal shelter Monday.

Officials say the dogs dropped off at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Lenoir County are in such bad condition, they might not be able to be saved. The SPCA says it will try to save as many of the dogs as possible, taking some to a hound rehabilitation clinic.

The dogs were found at the SPCA when a worker came in at 8:30 a.m. The dogs were emaciated, with bones clearly showing on the animals.

Workers say 13 Walker hound dogs were originally dropped off at a fenced-in area at the shelter, but one either died or was killed by the others who were feeding off its remains.

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case. Late Tuesday they announced the SPCA and the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides credible information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

If you have information about the starving dogs and who might be responsible you should call 252-559-6140.


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