- North Carolina, USA -
On Monday, October 23, 2023, 43-years-old EARL ANTRON HAMILTON (pictured), accused of forcing dogs to fight until they died, presented an Alford guilty plea for those criminal charges.
HAMILTON pleaded guilty to:
Twelve felony counts of animal cruelty.
Twelve misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
Five felony counts of dogfighting.
Three misdemeanor counts of cruel restrain.
The charges refer to HAMILTON’s involvement in a despicable dogfighting case that dates back to 2021.
According to the incident report obtained by Voice For Us, on the afternoon of October 24, 2021, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department received a request for assistance from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control at a property in the 4300 block of Leopold Place, Buckleigh Neighborhood.
Animal Control was responding to the residence about an injured dog and since HAMILTON was known to be aggressive and had a “Domestic Violence protection order against him”, the agency requested help from the police.
Police determined there was justification to obtain a search warrant which then led to a total of twenty-nine (29) dogs being removed from the property.
Sadly, two of the dogs died due to medical issues and one was euthanized due to health complications.
The twenty-six (26) surviving dogs are currently in the care of CMPD Animal Care & Control getting medical and day-today care. Officials with animal control will make decisions on whether they can be placed for adoption or if they have to be euthanized.
A court date for HAMILTON has not been set.
HAMILTON is not allowed to own or have possession of any dogs for only five years; however, his wife is allowed to keep her two miniature Schnauzers.
On a separate note, WCNC reports, “A 2014 report from NBC affiliate WRAL shows Hamilton has previously made headlines in other parts of North Carolina for animal abuse charges. The report noted at least two other instances of animal cruelty accusations, in 2010 and in 2014.”
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HAMILTON’s mugshot shared from the Mecklenburg County Jail.
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