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  • Inside the New Hanover County Animal Shelter

    Inside the New Hanover County Animal Shelter

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 2:50 PM EST2017-01-24 19:50:31 GMT

    The word "control" was eliminated when the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office took over the animal shelter from the Health Department in 2012. No one controls the rescued animals, they provide services to them.

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    The word "control" was eliminated when the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office took over the animal shelter from the Health Department in 2012. No one controls the rescued animals, they provide services to them.

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  • Pet Ownership 101

    Pet Ownership 101

    Thursday, February 2 2017 11:01 AM EST2017-02-02 16:01:04 GMT

    It costs about $70 to adopt a pet from the New Hanover County Animal Shelter, which covers the cost for a long list of vaccinations and microchipping. But picking out a pet is the fun part which often overshadows the reality of its full-time care.

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    It costs about $70 to adopt a pet from the New Hanover County Animal Shelter, which covers the cost for a long list of vaccinations and microchipping. But picking out a pet is the fun part which often overshadows the reality of its full-time care.

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  • A day on duty

    A day on duty

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 2:31 PM EST2017-01-24 19:31:41 GMT

    There is no such thing as a "typical" day at New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Animal Services.

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    There is no such thing as a "typical" day at New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Animal Services.

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  • The unadoptable

    The unadoptable

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 3:36 PM EST2017-02-01 20:36:12 GMT

    An ordinance mandated by the county health department says pit bulls cannot be adopted out of the New Hanover County Animal Shelter. Feral cats also fall under the do-not-adopt column.

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    An ordinance mandated by the county health department says pit bulls cannot be adopted out of the New Hanover County Animal Shelter. Feral cats also fall under the do-not-adopt column.

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  • Euthanasia

    Euthanasia

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 2:33 PM EST2017-01-24 19:33:59 GMT

    If an animal is deemed “unadoptable” because it is aged, unwell, wild, feral or aggressive it must be put down.

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    If an animal is deemed “unadoptable” because it is aged, unwell, wild, feral or aggressive it must be put down.

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  • Cruelty

    Cruelty

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 2:58 PM EST2017-01-24 19:58:00 GMT

    When Deputy Janice Covil and Deputy Brandon Parker responded to a barking dog complaint on the north end of the county they did not expect that call would end in one of the most disturbing sights either had seen.

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    When Deputy Janice Covil and Deputy Brandon Parker responded to a barking dog complaint on the north end of the county they did not expect that call would end in one of the most disturbing sights either had seen.

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  • Neglect

    Neglect

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 3:38 PM EST2017-02-01 20:38:13 GMT

    On several cases, during our ride-alongs with Animal Services, it seemed impossible not to swoop up the animals and rush them away to the shelter to safety, but it's never that simple.

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    On several cases, during our ride-alongs with Animal Services, it seemed impossible not to swoop up the animals and rush them away to the shelter to safety, but it's never that simple.

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  • Hoarding

    Hoarding

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 2:58 PM EST2017-01-24 19:58:53 GMT

    As we stepped inside everyone became overwhelmed by the smell of urine and feces. The carpet was drenched in dark stains, several dead rats lay rotting, fleas jumped everywhere, roaches crawled across the counter and mounds of personal items were piled in each room. 

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    As we stepped inside everyone became overwhelmed by the smell of urine and feces. The carpet was drenched in dark stains, several dead rats lay rotting, fleas jumped everywhere, roaches crawled across the counter and mounds of personal items were piled in each room. 

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  • Dangerous dogs on trial

    Dangerous dogs on trial

    Friday, January 27 2017 10:37 AM EST2017-01-27 15:37:12 GMT

    If a pet in New Hanover County bites a person, attacks another animal or approaches someone in a terrorizing way, the victims can file a dangerous dog report and the animal, in a way, goes to court.

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    If a pet in New Hanover County bites a person, attacks another animal or approaches someone in a terrorizing way, the victims can file a dangerous dog report and the animal, in a way, goes to court.

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  • Crimes against nature

    Crimes against nature

    Friday, January 27 2017 10:34 AM EST2017-01-27 15:34:38 GMT

    Deputy Covil was called to assist the Wilmington Police Department in October with a suspected sexual assault on an animal.

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    Deputy Covil was called to assist the Wilmington Police Department in October with a suspected sexual assault on an animal.

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  • Father accused of killing baby after losing video game

    Father accused of killing baby after losing video game

    Sunday, February 25 2018 5:15 AM EST2018-02-25 10:15:48 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 5:15 AM EST2018-02-25 10:15:48 GMT
    The 5-month-old died two days after she was taken to the hospital suffering cardiac arrest and bleeding from the brain and eyes. (Source: Chester County District Attorney’s Office/KYW/CNN)The 5-month-old died two days after she was taken to the hospital suffering cardiac arrest and bleeding from the brain and eyes. (Source: Chester County District Attorney’s Office/KYW/CNN)

    The 5-month-old died two days after she was taken to the hospital suffering cardiac arrest and bleeding from the brain and eyes.

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    The 5-month-old died two days after she was taken to the hospital suffering cardiac arrest and bleeding from the brain and eyes.

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  • Family dog shot 3 times protecting 16-year-old from intruders

    Family dog shot 3 times protecting 16-year-old from intruders

    Sunday, February 25 2018 1:37 AM EST2018-02-25 06:37:23 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 1:37 AM EST2018-02-25 06:37:23 GMT
    (Source: KOMO/CNN)(Source: KOMO/CNN)

    The German shepherd almost bled to death after he was shot in the neck and in each hind leg, the family said on GoFundMe.

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    The German shepherd almost bled to death after he was shot in the neck and in each hind leg, the family said on GoFundMe.

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  • 3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

    3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:29 PM EST2018-02-25 17:29:57 GMT
    (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.  Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...(Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati. Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

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    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

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