Plight of abandoned dogs previously rescued in Craven County

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - The NC Agriculture Animal Welfare Division is investigating complaints from a kennel in the east that alleges a Charlotte based rescue organization abandoned more than a dozen dogs.

The owners of the Hadnot Creek Kennel in Carteret County said they were approached by a rescue organization called "Hounds of Grace" who asked for their help to house 14 hounds for two weeks, while they found homes for the dogs.

These animals had been taken in through several animal seizures in Craven County.

But the kennel owners now say nearly eight weeks have gone by and they still have the animals and have received very little money to cover the expenses of the hounds.

It's been so long the dogs have been deemed abandoned.

Hadnot Creek Kennel Owner Donnie Hult said, "Carteret County animal control is ultimately responsible to make sure they find a place to be, that's where it ends up right now they are trying to get some back to Craven County- the ones that are chipped and we actually know they came from Craven County and then try to put them into the system slow enough that they find homes."

Craven County Animal Services says they have been made aware of what happened and they are working to get some of the dogs back.

They also say this animal seizure was the first time they have worked with Hounds of Grace and will not work with them again.