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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  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 25, 2010 at 05:55 PM
    I apologize Ashley for being so rude, sometimes I speak before I think, I need to go now as it is time for my meds. They help me a lot.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 25, 2010 at 12:27 PM
    Thank's Ashley for the correction but ...Now Snake Oil gets to read it twice, "my style", (which is a way a person writes to distinguish themselves), and yours... the so called grammar instructor on WITN lol. I'm sure you are "all" four of these people that claim to have a problem with me. Take note ... I don't need back up, or pretend I'm someone else and make up false posters. You have lost all credibility when all you have left is to pick apart my grammar. I mean really.. is that all you've got? You've gone from calling me a big fat man to bad grammar LOL. zzzzzzzzzzzz! Come back, use another name, and I'm going to need you to say something that's going to spark my interest. Because, out of all the retorts I've ever received... you're the WORST! Feel free to correct...
  • by Ashley on Feb 24, 2010 at 07:10 PM
    So, Alpha, I took the liberty of correcting your error-ridden post. Learn how to use your vs. you're! An ellipsis is 3 dots between ideas, not sentences! I couldn't do anything with the ignorance, but this is what it should have looked like: Obama Snake Oil Co.,you should have never went there. WITN has been saving your tail from me for years! Every time you bring up that dog and I make a comment, I get blocked. Since you decided to make a joke about me, and also bring your dog up, all is fair in love and war. I'm always here and I have my stuff together. I could run circles around your scratched record, long winded behind! Instead of cracking jokes, why don't you spend your last day with your cancer dog? As a matter of fact, if you’re so broken up, why are you even on the computer? LOL… yeah, yeah, therapy! Tell us again about how many people your dog helped walk, LOL, I have a rottweiler, she didn't help anyone walk, but she’s made a lot of people run! Shoo fly, you’re bothering me!
  • by Ashley on Feb 24, 2010 at 06:54 PM
    Missing a keystroke SIMPLY doesn't compare to your ignorance, Alpha. Maybe I'll start putting an ellipsis between every sentence like you. Talk about long winded! I'd love to meet you in person. Animals are innocent, and arguing that this person is being treated too harshly just proves you are scum not worth arguing with.
  • by Sandra Location: Greenville on Feb 24, 2010 at 04:34 PM
    I am a little behind on my news and just came to read this story and decided to check out the comments. I cannot understand why this Alpha person wastes time coming on WITN to bicker with cyber strangers. We all know in Gods eyes what this person did was wrong.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 24, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    I see my post didn't make it! ... I guess it (simly)< ,Ashley's word, wasn't up to par! ;)
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:41 PM
    well said Ashley, you were reading everyones mind and WITN finally let the truth get posted.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 24, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    To:Obama Snake Oil Co... ~~~waving the white flag for now~~~ *HUG* I'm sorry about your dog :( XOXO ...Buddy.. Alpha___
  • by Ashley on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:01 AM
    ~ALPHA female~ is probably a big fat guy who gets his willies off pretending to be a lady. Anyone with so much time on their hands to think that debating on a local news website is important must not have a life. By arguing with this person you only fuel the ignorant fire. As a tip ~ALPHA female~, why don't you try some Fox or CNN message boards, maybe you'll have a chance of getting discovered... you're so argumentative you probably disagree with yourself. It is rather cowardice to try stirring the pot on a local news website. You might also like to try spell-check, some of your silly mistakes can't even be corrected by it, but it would help you out! Improper use of ellipsis, improper capitalization, and the list goes on. Your level of arrogance is unwarranted because you simly don't have your stuff together, and probably are incapable of doing so. If you don't think these animals have been abused, and their former owner should be harshly punished, you only further prove my point.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 23, 2010 at 04:37 PM
    Alpha, I am...
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