A New Hanover County woman was arrested on multiple drug charges after police served a warrant for animal cruelty.
New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Animal Services Unit responded April 24 to the home of Mishawna Marie Rembert, 25, of 4217 Parmele Road to take custody of a dog due to a dangerous dog violation.
While on scene, officials noticed the remaining dogs appeared malnourished and in need of veterinary care. Officials issued Rembert a citation and gave her a week to have them examined by a veterinarian.
When Animal Services officials returned to follow up, they noticed a strong smell of ammonia and feces coming from the residence and found little improvement with the dogs.
Officers issued Rembert a citation for misdemeanor animal cruelty and gave her a chance to sign over the dogs to Animal Services. Rembert refused to do so.
A search and seizure warrant was executed May 1to take possession of the dogs. The Vice and Narcotics Unit was also on scene due to the presence of drug paraphernalia at the residence.
Vice and Narcotics officials found 31 bags of heroin and a .22 caliber pistol during the search. The dogs were also taken into custody by Animal Services officers.
Rembert's charges include possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a felon and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for controlled substance. Rembert is currently in the New Hanover County Jail under a $75,000 secured bond.
The Animal Service Unit is working with the District Attorney's Office to increase the misdemeanor animal cruelty to a felony.
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