- North Carolina, USA -
On April 14, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office was called to a house on Kings Mountain Road in Asheboro after Randolph County Animal Services had conducted a welfare check of animals.
Responding deputies learned from animal services that they had found one dead dog in a kennel, and when they looked through a window, they saw multiple “extremely malnourished” dogs.
The dogs’ guardian, 48-year-old MICHAEL THOMAS HAMILTON JR. (pictured below), had not been at the property since April 9.
Animal services seized the dogs and sadly, two more dogs were discovered inside the residence.
The deceased furbabies were discovered inside separate wire type kennels, reports the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the news release, an additional dead dog was found in an outbuilding.
Following the investigation by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, warrants for arrest were issued for HAMILTON JR. for three counts of felony kill animal by starvation, five counts of MISDEMEANOR abandonment of an animal, and five counts of MISDEMEANOR cruelty to animal.
This worthless individual was located on April 20.
HAMILTON JR. was cuffed and transported to the Randolph County Detention Center where he was served his warrants.
HAMILTON JR. was given a $15,000 secured bond and scheduled to appear in Randolph County District Court on April 21.
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