Lethal Ammonia Levels Found In Man's Home With 49 Animals

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Animal urine and feces created a stench so bad neighbors were forced to call Bertie County Officials. They say what produced the nearly lethal ammonia levels at one man's home is shocking.

Bertie County Officials say they seized 46 dogs and three cats Thursday morning from one man's home in Lewiston.

Many of the animals are suffering from malnutrition, skin disorders, and abnormal social behaviors.

Bertie County Sheriff Greg Atkins says no charges have been filed as of Thursday evening, but misdemeanor animal cruelty charges will most likely be served Friday.

One state veterinarian involved in the case says the ammonia levels produced by the animal waste was the highest she's ever seen."

Workers at the Bertie County Animal Shelter say this man may have picked up nearby pets.

Bertie County Animal Shelter says if you are missing a pet and live in the Lewiston area, your pet may be involved in Thursday's seizure of 46 dogs and 3 cats. The shelter says they have pictures of every animal, and you will have the opportunity to claim your pet.

Call the Bertie County Humane Society at 252-325-3647.


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  • by SINGLE CUTIE Location: SOMEWHERE IN TIME on May 29, 2009 at 04:38 AM
    I FEEL SAD ABOUT THIS...FOR THE PERSON/AND THE ANIMALS. ((THIS WAS NO NOAH'S ARK))
  • by Bertie County Humane Society Location: Windsor on May 11, 2009 at 04:50 AM
    In responce to Anonymous on May 8th, the cats were kept in a seperate location of the house. In response to Tuffcat on May 8th, he did live with the dogs, lay down with them, eat with them, etc. There was no or little furniture in the house and the state of his clothes would tell you the rest. I think he did this with the best of intentions, he does care about the animals, it just got way out of hand and couldn't afford to care for them properly.
  • by voter Location: nc on May 8, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    maybe the poor guy was trying to help stray animals and bit off a little more than he could chew. it doesn't seem that he was killing them and stuffing them like the jamacan transplant a few months ago. moderator; IMHO this website remains one of the best, despite the rare gramatical error. it's not easy being a mere mortal.
  • by Ellen Location: Windsor on May 8, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    I have met the man with the 46 dogs. He is a nice but obviously unbalanced person. There should be some concern for him and the help he apparently needs. Remember, judge not, lest ye be judged!
  • by William Location: ENC on May 8, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    This story really TOOK MY BREATH AWAY.
  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    I want to know how 3 cats survived in a house with 46 dogs! Tough kitties.
  • by Tuffcat Location: Windsor on May 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    The man who had the animals in the home should have to lay down in the mess the animals created (through no fault of their own),wallow in it and then be forced to eat it - Treat him just like he treated those animals.
  • by helicopter on May 8, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    You people have no idea how pressured these reporters are to get word out about new situations, or you'll be complaining about them taking too long and.......some of YOU need to return to school, your spelling is awful!!
  • by Bertie County Humane Society Location: Windsor on May 8, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    We will have pictures available soon! For more information about these and other animals available for adoption please email to roanokechowanhumanesociety@yahoo.com
  • by Animal Lover on May 8, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    Is there any way we can see the pictures? This many animals will surely be a burden for the animal shelter. Publicity is a good way to help get these animals adopted.
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