Puppy starves to death in Spring Lake after 2 men abandon it, police say

Cumberland County News

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN) — Two Spring Lake men face animal cruelty charges after police say they locked a puppy inside of a cage for nearly a month without food or water.

A dead puppy, aged around 12-to-16 weeks old was found inside of a cage at an apartment complex on Dec. 27, 2019, according to apartment managers.

Spring Lake Police Chief Troy McDuffie told CBS 17 the dog belonged to Demareo James.

James was arrested Monday and faces charges of felony animal cruelty in the dog’s death.

A second man, Sha’Ron I. Rogers, 21, was also charged with felony kill Animal by starvation and misdemeanor abandonment of an animal.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Rogers has not been taken into custody.

Police say that both men knew that the puppy was caged up in the apartment. Neither men went back to check on the dog or take care of it, police say.

Police did not specify which apartment complex was involved in the case.

This is a developing story.

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