Woman charged with cruelty to animals after man finds his dogs dead in Pender Co.

Woman charged with cruelty to animals after man finds his dogs dead in Pender Co.
Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 1:59 PM EST
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PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - The Pender County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control has charged a woman in the case of a man who found 13 of his dogs dead earlier this month.

Mauela Strand, 40, was charged on Jan. 18 with eight counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and a count of misdemeanor disposition of dead domesticated animals. Warrants have been filed, but Strand has not been arrested.

On Jan. 11, the suspect’s estranged husband, Joshua Strand, found 13 of his dogs dead.

“There are holes in the wall where they tried to get out,” said Joshua Strand.

He has since buried the dogs and marked their graves.

WECT has reached out to the PCSO for more information.