A Pitt County man is facing an animal cruelty charge after he left twelve dogs in a metal dog box all day and the dogs suffocated.
Deputies say Joseph Nicholson says he put the beagles in the box in the back of his pickup as he went hunting Saturday.
Deputies say the dogs didn't have any food or water. Nicholson says when he returned the dogs were dead.
Deputies charged Nicholson with misdemeanor animal cruelty. He was given a $1000 dollar bond.