Two individuals have been charged with animal cruelty after 80 animals were removed from two locations in Lenoir. Dolly Lou Arnett and Jonathan Christopher Perry have each been charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
The Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement (ACE) Division recently received an anonymous tip about an alleged animal hoarding situation. After obtaining a search warrant, ACE, along with the Lenoir Police and Fire Departments, removed 80 animals belonging to Arnett and Perry, from two Lenoir locations. At the time of the search, the owners had already started moving animals from one residence to another; however, all of the animals initially lived in one residence.
Arnett and Perry chose to surrender all of their animals, which included 49 rabbits, seven cats, and 24 dogs. After medical exams, it was determined that several of the animals needed medical attention, resulting in the animal cruelty charges being filed. Arnett and Perry are scheduled to appear in District Court June 27.
To see animals available for adoption at the Animal Care Enforcement Division, visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/CaldwellAnimalControl.