Man facing felony after starving puppy

Ronnie Pryor
Ronnie Pryor (CCSO photo)

A Whiteville-area man was charged with a felony after an Animal Protective Services officer found a starving, sick and injured puppy at his home.

The puppy was seized, but had to be euthanized due to its poor condition, according to the APS report.

Ronnie Pryor, 60, was charged with a single county of killing an animal by starvation, and released on a $1,000 secured bond, jail records show. Pryor listed his address as 938 Singletary Road.

The sheriff’s Office reported that APS was called to the home Monday to check on a report of a neglected dog. The officer found the three- to four-month old Labrador mix in the yard of the home. The dog was malnourished and covered with a skin infection. It was later found to also have broken bones.

Pryor allegedly admitted that he owned the dog, and knew of its condition. The dog was seized, and was later put down due to the severity of its condition.
If you suspect animal cruelty or neglect, call 641.3945.

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