Onslow County authorities say a man charged with drug and animal cruelty offenses is out of jail.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says Lethen Pollock posted bond Friday afternoon.
Deputies say they found more than 50 pit bulls when they were searching for drugs.
Pollock has been charged with cruelty to animals, mistreatment to animals, and failure to vaccinate dogs.
Deputies believe Pollock was raising the dogs for fighting purposes. Some were secured with logging chains, Sheriff Brown says, to make them more muscular.
A man arrested last week for having a marijuana growing operation is now facing animal cruelty charges.
Onslow County deputies say they found more than 50 pit bulls when they were searching for drugs.
Lethen Pollock is now charged with cruelty to animals, mistreatment to animals, and failure to vaccinate dogs.
Deputies believe Pollock was raising the dogs for fighting purposes. Some were secured with logging chains, Brown says, to make them more muscular.
Animal control says their investigation revealed 55 pit bulls kept on the property.
They say none of the dogs are sick or injured, but one was born with cherry eye syndrome. Authorities say the charges against Pollock are because some of the dogs lacked proper shelter, they did not have proper food or water, they were living in their own waste and the dogs were not vaccinated.
Animal control says since the dogs were discovered last week they have seen a vast improvement in the condition of the kennels.
Pollock has a court date of September 29th.
Onslow County authorities say they have found 51 pit bulls at a home northwest of Jacksonville in what the sheriff calls a "gruesome scene".
Deputies say they also discovered a marijuana field on the property.
Lethen Pollock has now been charged with several drug charges. The 37-year-old man is in jail on a $105,000 bond. Deputies say any animal cruelty charges would be brought by animal control officers.
Sheriff Ed Brown tells WITN News the dogs were found behind a home on Gray Town Road, deep in the woods. He said they spotted the animals from a Highway Patrol helicopter.
The sheriff’s office says had it received a number of complaints about pit bulls being kept and about marijuana grown in that area.
Deputies say they found 54 marijuana plants inside a shed. Those pot plants are worth an estimated $100,000 when harvested.
According to deputies, most of the pit bulls had logging chains on them so they could become muscular. Deputies believe Pollock was a breeder who supplied for them for fighting purposes.
"It's a crying shame that these dogs had to live in these conditions," Sheriff Brown told WITN News.
Deputies say Pollock doesn't actually live on the property where the dogs were found, but nearby. For now animal control is leaving the dogs on the property and will be feeding the animals. They have ordered the property owner to stay away from the dogs.
Some of the 51 dogs looked sick and injured, according to the sheriff. He said it appears the dogs were only getting rain water to drink. Sheriff Brown said one of the dog's faces appeared to have been torn off and had grown back.
Right now deputies are trying to figure out what to do with the dogs since the animal shelter doesn't have room for them.