New Hanover Co. woman charged with cruelty to animals
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A woman who runs a dog walking and boarding business is facing animal cruelty charges, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
New Hanover Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit has charged Pamala Lynn Rodriguez with two counts of felony cruelty to animals.
“Rodriguez had taken in two German Shepherds, Nala and Jager, for boarding utilizing Rover.com,” according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. “After five days of being boarded with Rodriguez, she stated she woke up and found Nala deceased. Later that day Rodriguez’s stated that Jager was acting lethargic, so she took him to the emergency vet, where Jager passed away.
“Before you let anybody watch your pets, watch your animals, make sure that you get some references, and that you know that that they’re dependable and you can trust them,” said New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon.
Necropsies were performed on both dogs.
The sheriff’s office says the two dogs died due to extreme dehydration and starvation.
“It was horrendous what we found in there, and we ended up getting 16 other animals from her and taking care of them, getting them back to owners,” Sheriff McMahon said.
“NHSO Animal Services Unit Deputies responded to 176 Beawood Rd. to execute a search warrant,” the news release states. “Rodriguez’s residence was extremely filthy, over 85 degrees with no fans, and smelled of urine. There were multiple dogs in crates that were too small and none of the dogs had water or food.
Rodriguez was booked under a $2,100 secure bond.
The sheriff’s office says that this is an ongoing investigation.
“We’re just not going to tolerate cruelty to our passenger animals in this county,” Sheriff McMahon says.
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