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More than a dozen charges filed in animal cruelty case

The Columbus County Animal Shelter is investigating  a case of animal abandonment and cruelty that left one dog dead at a house in Whiteville.  (Source: Columbus County Animal Control) The Columbus County Animal Shelter is investigating  a case of animal abandonment and cruelty that left one dog dead at a house in Whiteville.  (Source: Columbus County Animal Control)
The Columbus County Animal Shelter is investigating  a case of animal abandonment and cruelty that left one dog dead at a house in Whiteville.  (Source: Columbus County Animal Control) The Columbus County Animal Shelter is investigating  a case of animal abandonment and cruelty that left one dog dead at a house in Whiteville.  (Source: Columbus County Animal Control)
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A woman in Nakina was charged in connection to a case of animal abandonment and cruelty that left one dog dead at a house in Whiteville. 

According to the Columbus County Animal Shelter, Thelma Rebecca Creech Gore was charged with five counts each of animal abandonment, animal cruelty and failure to obtain rabies vaccinations. 

Someone called 911 last week to report a dead dog in an empty house off Whitehall Road north of the Whiteville city limits. 

An Animal Control Officer found a dead dog, three malnourished dogs and two starving cats when they went to the home.

In an effort to lessen the stress on the animals, humane traps were left to capture the animals along with clean water and food. 

Animal Control worked throughout the weekend to safely capture the animals and take them to the Columbus County shelter. 

The animals were left there weeks ago and officers estimate the deceased dog had been dead for less than a day.

Bags of empty food, dog houses, fenced in cages, and feeding bowls on the property indicated that the animals had been living there for some time.

Gore is expected to appear in court Oct. 31.

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