Drug Suspect Also Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

A drug suspect is also facing animal cruelty charges after deputies say they found mistreated dogs on his property Thursday.

Halifax County deputies executed a search warrant at a home on Lee Lane Road in Roanoke Rapids and arrested Harry Watson. Narcotic agents say they found 59 Oxycodone and 3 Xanax pills during the raid. They also found eight dogs on the property that had no food or clean drinking water.

Animal control seized the dogs and Watson was charged with possession of schedule IV narcotics, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II narcotics, maintaining a dwelling to store narcotics and eight counts of cruelty to animals.

The 51-year-old man was jailed on a $23,000 bond.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    An older primate i see.
  • by kathryn Location: gatesville on Oct 21, 2011 at 05:36 PM
    People who abuse animals should be ashamed of themselves! Throw the book at them!
  • by Wharf Rat Location: Manteo on Oct 21, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    I cannot post what I want, but I would be just as happy if this story was the same as the one about Gadhafi.
  • by ashleesboss on Oct 21, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    Yall should move to CA, they have a beach for dogs here!
  • by jo Location: greenville on Oct 21, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    punishement for animal cruelty should be much stiffer and tougher than it is - these are living breathing creatures of God and no one has the right to abuse & mistreat them in any way. it should be a felony!!!
  • by TRACY Location: NB on Oct 21, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    Lets tie him up and don't give him food or water.
  • by CritterLover on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    I'm stoked to see law enforcement really actively pursuing animal cruelty charges. I've seen 3 news reports about animal cruelty on WITN in 3 weeks. We're FINALLY advancing in our ethics!! Whoohoo!!! Keep reporting it WITN! WITH PICTURES so we can all know who the scum are!
    • reply
      by doglover on Oct 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to CritterLover
      I agree 110%!!!
  • by Pills For Depression on Oct 21, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    I guess he was using the pills to fight his depression caused by the dogs suffering. Mixed with beer, those pills can make it more tolerable watching animals suffer & die.
    • reply
      by just asking on Oct 22, 2011 at 05:25 AM in reply to Pills For Depression
      and you know this how??
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