ERNEST MANNIX BARBER arrested for the death of his dog but animal control is also to blame, say PETA

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The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post that following the death of a dog, Detective Sergeant RG Jenkins met with officials from PETA on June 7, and opened an animal cruelty case.

The victim, a female Pitbull named Star, was found chained and lifeless on May 28, by a PETA fieldworker.

The chain was wrapped around a concrete bowl and pole.

Star’s limited tethering prevented her from reaching shade and no water.

The furbaby died of heatstroke.

After conducting interviews and examining evidence, deputies arrested 50-year-old ERNES MANNIX BARBER (pictured below).

BARBER, of Joy Drive in Roanoke Rapids, was arrested on June 9, and charged with one count of felonious kill an animal by starvation and two counts of county ordinance violation of mistreatment of animals prohibited by tethering a dog.

In Halifax County, unattended tethering is illegal and punishable by a fine, and in this case more than one person is responsible for Star’s SENSELESS death.

In fact, as reported by, “though PETA had made Halifax County Animal Control aware of tethering violations at this address, Star remained illegally tethered outdoors, which ultimately killed her.” reports that PETA said: “Halifax County Animal Control was called and responded to the scene of Star’s death on Friday but despite recognizing that Star died as a result of being tethered and tangled in the full sun without a drop of water or any shade did not take any enforcement action or steps to pursue a prosecution.”

According to PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch said: “Tethering and leaving a dog to endure an agonizing death by heatstroke is a crime, but what good are laws if law enforcement officials can’t be bothered to enforce them?

Ms. Nachminovitch then rightfully added: “PETA is urging the community not only to report cruelty but also to hold animal control officials accountable for enforcing animal protection laws, so that no other dogs suffer as Star did.

Health Director Bruce Robistow said the matter is under review and a meeting has been scheduled on June 23 to discuss the claims the PETA has made regarding Star’s death.

While they decide who is wrong and who is right, all I know is that an innocent dog lost her precious life!

BARBER was able to post a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to be in court on July 22.

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