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Deputies: 3 arrested after killing 8 dogs by starvation in NC property

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) - Three people were arrested Wednesday after being accused of killing eight dogs by starvation in an overgrown property in Beaufort County, authorities said.

Kenneth W. Davis, 29, and Leanne N. Alvarez, 24, both of Belhaven, were charged with 34 counts of cruelty to animals and six counts of killing an animal by starvation.  

Lloyd N. Davis, 44, of Belhaven, was charged with five counts of cruelty to animals and one count of killing an animal by starvation.  

On June 2, the Beaufort County Animal Control responded to 317 Davis Lane in Pinetown in reference to a complaint of possible animal cruelty.  

Animal Control said they found several dogs with no access to food or water and called the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office for assistance.


Deputies started an investigation into the ownership and treatment of the dogs.  

A search was conducted on the overgrown property and authorities said they found eight separate sites where dogs were kept in pens.

Authorities said they located the skeletal remains of five dogs, one dead adult dog, and two dead puppies.  

Thirty-two live dogs were found, most of which were classified as Walker Deer Hounds, authorities said. 

After being assessed by a veterinarian, one of the 32 seized was euthanized because of its poor condition.  

The remaining dogs were evaluated by a veterinarian and are currently being held by Animal Control.  

Evidence and interviews led investigators to arrest Kenneth Davis, Leanne Alvarez, and Lloyd Davis.

Kenneth Davis and Leanne Alvarez were given a $100,000 bond.  

Lloyd Davis was given a $15,000 bond.

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