The owner of two emaciated pit bull mixes was arrested Friday and charged with animal cruelty.
Alonzo Lloyd, 42, of Burrell Road is accused of abandoning the dogs at an unoccupied home on Faucette Avenue. They were left in the fenced back yard, investigators from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office reported, and weren’t fed more than three times a week.
One dog, Sky, ran loose. The other, China, was chained.
“The dogs were dangerously emaciated and deputies got a search warrant and seized the dogs,” said Dep. Paul Sherwin, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The average weight for such dogs is about 50 pounds. These two weighed 30 and 33 pounds, respectively.
On Monday, the dogs were at the Animal Protection Society of Durham, “gaining weight and getting cared for,” Sherwin said.
“They are not up for adoption and won’t be unless the owners surrender them or the court orders them surrendered – neither of which has happened yet,” he said.
Lloyd told deputies when he was arrested that he volunteers with the Coalition to Unchain Dogs. Lori Hensley, director of operations and development for the Durham chapter, told The Herald-Sun that Lloyd never volunteered with the coalition, although the group "did provide services (spay/neuter) for his dogs years ago, but we lost track of him after he moved."
In other news:
- On January 7, someone stole five air-conditioning units from a building in the 2100 block of Tobacco Road. Total value for the stolen equipment was estimated at $15,000.
- On January 5, someone took $1,400 from the Walmart in the 1500 block of Glenn School Road.
- On January 6, someone broke into a vehicle in the 1900 block of West Cornwallis Road and stole a Macbook laptop, Leapfrog tablet, cell phone chargers, a debit card, a shoulder bag and a satchel. Total value of the stolen items was estimated at $895.
- Tabitha Caver, 33, of Eva Street in Durham was arrested Monday and charged with maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substances, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was held in the Durham County Jail under $6,000 bond.
- Stephon Fuller, 18, of Timberlake was arrested Monday and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance and carrying a concealed gun. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $25,000 bond.
- William Lindsey Straiter, 41, of Spring Creek Drive in Durham was arrested Sunday and charged with resisting an officer, carrying a concealed weapon and larceny. He was released from the Durham County Jail after posting $4,000 bond.
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