One person arrested search continues for second suspect on animal cruelty charges

KINSTON, NC (WITN) - Police in Kinston say one person has been arrested while the search continues for another on animal cruelty.

Kinston police say they went to a home Monday morning in the 400 block of West Blount Street for a welfare check. After noticing a strong odor coming from the home, officers say they found two pit bulls inside who were locked inside a small kennel.

Police say both dogs were in various stages of neglect and malnourishment. They were rushed to veterinary care for treatment.

Warrants were obtained for the two owners Michael Whaley, Jr. and Jamie Dula for felony cruelty to animals.

Police say following up on tips they were able to arrest Dula around 4:30 p.m.

She's charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty amd was placed in the Lenoir County Jail under a $2,500 secure bond

Anyone with information on the location of Whaley should call the Kinston Police Department at 252-939-4020 or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444