Puppies Poisoned

Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina are investigating the deaths of 11 pit bull puppies at a home in Eden.

The Reidsville Review reported Tuesday that Jerry Alford said he could see antifreeze on the coats of his dogs as they died.

One of the dogs was about three months old and the rest were about three weeks old.

Alford said he heard the dogs barking Sunday night but didn't think the sounds were unusual.

Rockingham County sheriff's spokesman Dean Venable says deputies are investigating the deaths. He said cruelty to animals is a misdemeanor, but poisoning is a felony.

Alford says he was raising pit bulls to sell because he lost his job at the Eden Mall earlier this year.

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