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  • Writer's pictureJefferson Weaver

Starved Dogs Seized in Nakina

For the second time in less than a month, starving dogs have been seized in Columbus County.

More than 20 malnourished dogs were picked up at a Nakina home Friday, said Lt. Josh McPherson of Columbus County Animal Protective Services. The dogs were without food, water or shelter for an extended period of time. McPherson said the dogs were of several different breeds.

The case is under investigation.

Deputies charged a Cerro Gordo woman with animal cruelty charges in January after a number of dogs were discovered on Pond Drive. The sheriff’s office and APS reported that Pamela Hammonds, 52, was released on an unsecured bond in that case.

At that location, APS and deputies found dogs without shelter or food. Multiple decayed carcasses were also found on the property, where some dogs were allegedly kept in uncleaned cages.

McPherson said the shelter is nearly full, and a number of readily adoptable animals are available to good homes. Donations of food, bedding and towels are also welcome.

Contact Animal Protective Services at 910.641.3945.

Gurganous Farm Store in Whiteville is accepting donations for the shelter dogs. Customers can purchase a bag of feed at the store, and ask that it be held for APS. Gurganous is located at 6 Whiteville Plaza, near Roses.

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