CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have arrested a man who they say moved away from a home and left four dogs behind to die in cages.
Clayton police say neighbors alerted them to a foul smell coming from a home, and when officers went inside, they found three dead dogs inside crates and a fourth barely alive.
Doctors euthanized the fourth dog to prevent further suffering. Two of the dead dogs were taken to the NC State Veterinary Center for necropsies, while the third dog was too decomposed to be tested.
Authorities charged 53-year-old Willis Wayne Hodges with four felony counts of animal cruelty. Following his arrest Tuesday, Hodges is being held in the Johnston County jail under a $100,000 secured bond. It couldn’t be determined if he has an attorney.