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Puppy Abuse Investigation
The animal shelter in Swain County is pressing charges against a woman who left a puppy to starve.
PAWS Animal Rescue says when the woman moved out, her landlord found the dog badly malnourished after having no food or water for two weeks. He brought the puppy to the shelter where she's slowing improving. They've named her Miracle for having survived.
"Swain County does not have an animal control agency, and relies on the local enforcement of state laws against animal abuse. People have fought hard to get them on the books. We need our officers to investigate it. We need them to be enforced," said PAWS Director Beth Cline.
Cline says Miracle is just one of many animal abuse cases at her shelter. She says she's talked to county leaders about animal control, starting with the sheriff's office.
"They tell me that what needs to be done is people need to speak the commissioners. When you speak to commissioners they say that there are laws in place for cruelty and that we need to speak to the sheriff's department. So you go round and round," said Cline.
Commissioners say, for now, due to lack of resources, they must rely on existing state law against animal abuse.
The sheriffs office says this case remains under investigation.
Cline says Miracle is eating small meals in order to gain her strength back. When shes healthy enough, Cline hopes to find the perfect family to adopt her.
Contact PAWS here.
By Rex Hodge
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