SCHOOL OFFICIAL: Teacher Charged With Animal Cruelty Resigns

A school employee who was charged nearly a week ago with felony animal cruelty has resigned her job with Beaufort County. That's according to Sarah Hodges, the school system's public information officer.

Kristy Christenberry was a career development coordinator serving Northside and Washington high schools. Christenberry had been with the school system since August 2002 and her salary was $47,050.

The 33-year-old was charged after Beaufort County deputies received a report in December that a hunter shot a dog with a rifle and left the dog to die after dragging it out of a field. Deputies say Christenberry was that hunter.

Christenberry was also cheerleading coach at Northside as well as a working with the Youth Ducks Unlimited group at the school.

She has a June 16th court date.


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A Beaufort County school employee has been charged with animal cruelty.

The sheriff's office received a report in December that a hunter shot a dog with a rifle and left the dog to die after dragging it out of a field.

The sheriff's office reports the hunter was Kristy Christenberry, age 33 of Plymouth.

Beaufort County School officials say Christenberry is a career development coordinator serving Northside and Washington high schools. Christenberry has been with the school system since August 2002 and her current salary is $47,050.

The school system says Christenberry has had no previous disciplinary actions and is still employed with them. Christenberry is also cheerleading coach at Northside as well as a working with the Youth Ducks Unlimited group at the school.

Christenberry faces a felony animal cruelty charge.

Below is the press release from the sheriff's office.

"On December 3, 2010, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of animal cruelty in Blounts Creek.

The report indicated that a hunter shot a dog with a rifle and left the dog to die after dragging it out of a field. The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation and conducted interviews.

On May 19, 2011, Investigator Wesley Waters applied for and obtained a warrant charging Kristy Christenberry, age 33, of Highway 32 South in Plymouth, NC with one count of Felony Cruelty to Animals.

On May 20th, Christenberry turned herself in at the Magistrate’s Office.

She was released after posting a $2,500.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Jasper Mills." (End of press release)

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  • by Vickie Location: Grimesland on Jul 23, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    This happened outside of her job,so I can't understand why she resigned.She hasn't even been to court yet.I guess it's the times we live in where your job is the first thing to picked apart if you say the wrong (pc) things or are accused.
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      by anon on Mar 3, 2012 at 09:14 AM in reply to Vickie
      She resigned because she cannot hold that position with a felony.
  • by ME on Jul 7, 2011 at 02:00 PM
    she has got to go before a grand jury i think we should send her to florida
  • by Sad! on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    Omg! This is so sad. That dog didn't deserve that. She should be ashamed of herself!! Karma is comingg for her. Can't do wrong and get by. I sure hope the dog be okayy!
  • by Anon Location: Beaufort Co. on Jun 16, 2011 at 04:16 PM
    Any updates? Court was scheduled for today and I see that nothing has been said about it. Inquiring minds want to know!
  • by Wow Location: Washington on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    Karma..how could you honestly sit there and say that about someone? Her being "evil" to students and this crime are two different things that did not even need to be brought up. It sounds as if you got in trouble by her and have been bitter ever since. You are out of high school now, get over it! In regards to Mrs. Christenbury, I was also a former student of hers and am very shocked to her this.
  • by Karma Location: Bath on Jun 13, 2011 at 04:05 AM
    i was a former student at nhs and i just want to know why everybody is sugar coating this? this lady was a evil woman who got what she deserved. the only reason the cheerleaders even liked her was because she let them skip class and such. she would flip out on the seniors at the pep rally's for 'booing' the freshmen...we were just kids who were proud of our senior stature. im glad this happened to her. maybe she will learn a lesson or two now.
  • by FG on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    Regards to "what the hell". Thats a classy name.Probably a trailer trash name. I feel bad for the woman. It was a dog! I am a dog lover but ACCIDENTS happen.
  • by sd Location: wv on Jun 6, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    WOW! $47,000 yearly salary? Seems to be good money, especially in a smaller area (actually good money here in Greenville. STUPID much?
  • by WHAT THE HELL on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:34 PM
    I feel sorry for the owner of the dog. I too had a great labrador retriever who was a hunting dog. One day he went outside and didn't come back like he usually did. Sometimes he liked to go swimming so we checked our pond but he wasn't there. It turns out some stupid trailer trash down the street saw him walking, stole him, made him drink anti-freeze(which killed him) and then dumped him in our pond. My poor nieces saw him floating in the pond and ran to tell us. The youngest of the 2 had nightmares about it for weeks.
  • by concerned on Jun 2, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    Two days with no posts. Take this off WIYN!
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