A North Carolina woman was charged with animal cruelty after a veterinarian turned her in for refusing care for a sick cat brought into the animal clinic. More than 150 animals were removed from the property.
Cynthia Huber, 56, of Myrtle Grove, faces nine counts of cruelty to animals among other charges after a search warrant was obtained by the New Hanover County Sheriffs Office to remove that one cat and any other animals they felt were ‘in peril.’
Officers removed the cat and three ducks and upon seeing other animals allegedly in bad shape obtained an additional search warrant. On December 20, 150 additional ducks and several cats were removed from the property. Star News Online states 11 feral cats were among those living there. KPLC TV reported 11-14 feral cats were seized.
The New Hanover County Health Department was brought in after an enormous amount of animal waste was found in a pond.
Many of the ducks were disabled or injured and one duck was against the law to even have. Two rescue groups stepped up to take the animals. Skywatch Bird Rescue is caring for the ducks and the cats are with Friends of Felines
Amelia Mason with Skywatch Bird Rescue reported all of the birds were underweight with many of them only weighing half of what they should weigh. They will remain in their care until further notice.
Huber was released on a $3,600 unsecured bond and will appear in court on January 9. She says she was falsely accused and is seeking legal counsel against the county and the veterinarian.