Dunn, NC asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina

Q: I live in NC and recently 2 dogs were found running at large in my town and were picked up by a good Samaritan and taken

To a rescue and checked for microchips but none found or no rabies tags, the dogs were very malnurished and heartworm positive treatment was started but in the mean time animal control saw the dogs posted on Facebook and thought they knew the owners. Animal control picked up the dogs without notifying the rescue and now have returned them to their owners knowing what condition they're in. What can I do to help get these dogs returned to the rescue since the owners are negligent and we have such weak laws here?

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Mr. Douglas A. Petho

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  • Charlotte, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: There would have to be a determination that the treatment of the dogs amounts to animal abuse or cruelty, not negligence. the owners could then be charged and the animals removed .I would contact local police department to find out what agency, either animal control, Sheriff's Department etc.would be involved in the investigation.

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