Sunday, August 5, 2012

50 Counts of Animal Cruelty in Cleveland County NC

NC woman facing multiple animal cruelty charges

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A Cleveland County woman is facing charges after authorities say she was keeping approximately 50 dogs, cats and rabbits on her property.

County animal control officers say 62-year-old Carolyn White Kirby faces multiple charges of animal cruelty. She is free on bond, and it's not known whether she has an attorney.

Animal control supervisor Tripp Bowling said many of the animals were housed in small cages in the yard or inside the home with no electricity, air conditioning or lights. He said an anonymous call last weekend tipped officers to the situation.

Some of the dogs appeared to be healthy and well-fed while others looked malnourished.

Bowling said Kirby told authorities she loved the animals but couldn't care for them. He said the animals are now in the county's custody.

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