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Charges refiled against alleged duck hoarder

(Source: Amelia Mason) (Source: Amelia Mason)
(Source: Amelia Mason) (Source: Amelia Mason)
Cynthia Huber (Source: NHCSO) Cynthia Huber (Source: NHCSO)

A New Hanover County woman is once again facing nearly a dozen animal cruelty charges after 150 ducks were seized from her property last year.

According to the District Attorney's Office, nine misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty have been refiled against Cynthia Huber. 

Those charges were dismissed on April 24 after a judge denied a motion by prosecutors to continue the case because some veterinarians needed to testify were unavailable. Since the motion was denied and the charges were misdemeanors, law enforcement had the option to refile the previous charges, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Around 153 Muscovy ducks and 14 feral cats were removed from Huber's property in the 5900 block of Watermill Way on Dec. 20, 2017.

The New Hanover County Health Department was also brought in to inspect Huber's property due to the amount of animal waste that collected in a pond at the home, according to authorities.

Skywatch Bird Rescue and Friends of Felines were called in to take care of animals.

Amelia Mason, the founder of Skywatch, said all the ducks were emaciated and on the brink of death. Many of the ducks had upper respiratory infections, eye infections, tumors, and broken bones.

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