A 21 year-old man was arrested Monday on animal cruelty charges. The arrest stems from a report last Saturday of a dog allegedly being neglected. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on South Murphrey Road in Archer Lodge to investigate.
A sheriff’s deputy reportedly found a severely neglected basset hound that was extremely skinny, had difficulty walking, appeared to have an ear infection, and its nails were so long they were beginning to curl under its paws. Authorities said the basset hound was deprived of food, water and shelter.
Deputies contacted Johnston County Animal Control who responded to the address and seized the animal. They immediately began providing care. Animal Services Director Chad Massengill said the dog was taken to a veterinarian to be evaluated and had its nails cut. It is expected to recover.
The reported owner of the basset hound, 21 year-old Eric Preston Creech was charged Monday with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Creech was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.
Mr. Massengill said Creech surrendered ownership of the dog Tuesday to animal services allowing the basset hound to be turned over to an animal rescue organization for continued care and eventual adoption.
The animal has remained at the Animal Shelter since it was seized Saturday, however Mr. Massengill said it will be turned over to a rescue group as soon as possible. Massengill said the group will put the dog up for adoption once it fully recovers.