Man Charged After 30 Dogs Seized In Alleged Animal Cruelty Case

A Hookerton man is facing dozens of charges after authorities say they found 30 dogs on his property Wednesday.

Randy Hawkins with Greene County Animal Control says Christopher McKinney has been charged with 49 misdemeanor counts of various animal cruelty offenses.

Thirty dogs were found on the property, while animal control says they discovered 2 others at another location.

Animal Control officials say many of the dogs were without food, water and proper shelter. Some Dogs were found cooped up in a wire cage or tied down with thick heavy chains around their neck.


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Greene County Animal Control and the Humane Society say they seized over 30 dogs in what they describe as a case of animal cruelty.

The dogs were seized at a residence on Oliver Drive in Hookerton Tuesday.

Incessant barking for four straight days led fed-up neighbors nearby to take action.

Animal Control officials say many of the dogs were without food, water and proper shelter. Some Dogs were found cooped up in a wire cage or tied down with thick heavy chains around their neck.

Another warehouse off the property was found with more animals inside.

So far, the person authorities believe is responsible has not been caught.


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  • by my Location: name on Oct 15, 2009 at 12:33 PM
    i think that if he wanted and treated his dogs well he should be able to keep them.... but i do think that if a person is abusing any thing that they should get some real jail time not just probation to let them know what they did was wrong if you go around beating people and killing them they would get some big jail time i think the same things should go for animals they supposed to be yo family would you beat on yo mama no so next time you wanna hit a animal think bout what you would do if some one was going around beating on yo mama
  • by Greg Dickerson Location: Wilson on Oct 12, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    I know Chris, he was not fighting the dogs. Chris loves them dogs and alway spent a lot of time with them. THe media and who ever is running the operation has this story all wrong. Like I said before Chris was not fighting the dogs, and the truth with surely come out in the end. I just hope the news center will issue a apology because this is truely hurting this man repetation.
  • by CritterLover on Oct 6, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    that makes no sense Tammy. Sorry.
  • by Tammy Pollard Location: Snowhill on Oct 2, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    PITTBULL FIGHT CLUB(FIRST BLOOD)
  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    CritterLover, the dogs in Jacksonville were not siezed because of lack of available shelter space. Animal Control is keeping an constant watch on the dogs, they are in posession of the mans family last I heard.
  • by CritterLover on Oct 2, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    WITN: Can anyone give us updates on that other dog fighting ring busted in Onslow County a few weeks ago? Have any of the dogs been adopted??
  • by CritterLover on Oct 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    What is up with these folks from Hookerton taking up for someone who abuses animals?? I take it ya'll CONDONE acts like this? No, we're not JUDGING, we're stating FACTS as dictated in a news report. And, for the record, we ARE helping someone in need--THE DOGS WHO ARE ABUSED ARE IN NEED OF A VOICE TO STOP THIS DISGUSTING PRACTICE. Just because your "culture" has taught you that this is acceptable behavior, NEWS FLASH: it's not, and it's illegal, and I hope every single Michael Vick wannabe out there takes notes from his prison sentence, and lack of a career.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    Nakita, to defend someone with logging chains used to tie off dogs (considered to be cruelty) and having dogs with all thier bones showing through the skin (obviously underfed) by saying how much dog food they had is rediculous. There sould be and extra charge fro having that much dog food and malnourished dogs. Just shows they were too lazy to feed the animals. Also, you sid yourself that he had dog houses but was not using them. Pits, including fight dogs are typically not agressive toward humans unless trained to be. And nobody has to ask a vet, we can plainly see that the dogs are in poor condition and malnourished in the videos, and that they have scars consistent with fighting.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    To Anon at 6:38.. Thats funny.
  • by Jonh Apathy on Oct 1, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    Jeff, I also forgot to mention when you asked "why should anyone listen to you", you should have ended you sentence with a question mark and not a period. I hear the local community college is taking applications. Remedial English and Grammar, maybe?
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