Monroe woman charged with animal cruelty and abandonment after dumping medical needs cat

Update: Court date for Raymond is the AM session on August 24, 2017 in Union County, NC.

This is an update on the case of the Monroe, North Carolina cat abandoned by his owner June 22 and written about in this PoC article. The search continues for Samson and an arrest has been made in the case.

Monster who dumped Samson

Samson was dumped in the middle of the street near Forest Hills Baptist Church in Monroe North Carolina. He may also be injured. The cat tried to get back into the vehicle as she drove away!

Michelle Antionette Raymond, 48, of Monroe was arrested and charged with one count of abandonment of an animal and one count of cruelty to animals and remains in the Union County jail.

Animal rescuer Laura Morrison is part of the team searching daily for Samson. She posted an update on Facebook Tuesday stating:

“The woman who threw Samson out of her vehicle away into the street last Thursday and left him sick with urinary disease to die has been arrested this afternoon and taken into custody into the city of Monroe jail.

She has been charged with felony animal cruelty under NC statutes. And animal abandonment. Another misdemeanor charge.

We were told she was very angry and without any remorse. And said law enforcement would ” get theirs” for arresting her.

She was allowed to call her husband and from my understanding, if she cannot make bond, she will remain in jail until her court date.

The police said that rescues were welcome to come to the courthouse the day she faces those charges.

I encourage everyone who is passionately involved in the rights of animals everywhere, to show up in support for Sampson who we may or may not find.

I don’t know why, but I felt a horrible pain when they called me to tell me she had been arrested, I don’t know if this pain is emotional or if it is something I am foreseeing, but my heart is so broken because I do not know if Sampson is truly alive anymore.

We are free now to search the area without any threat, I can let my tears flow freely now because I want to look up into the stars tonight and look at the sun rising and know that somewhere on this planet justice was given today for an animal that was thrown away.

We need everyone on board that is willing to show up at the courthouse in support and anyone willing to advocate against animal cruelty.

My heart can break now openly but at least I know God heard our prayers!!

And Captian Beth Greene did what no other law enforcement officer would help us do. She brought us justice and she showed me that this is a step in the right direction.

Thank you, Beth, I’m going to give you a big hug when I see you!!!

We don’t know if the court will allow these charges to stand, what type of punishment will be handed out, but at least this is a step in the right direction but speaks volumes to our community that animal cruelty and abandonment will not be tolerated.”

Please keep Laura and the team, as well as Samson in your thoughts that they’ll be successful and he’ll be found alive. Anyone wishing to help should contact Laura via Facebook.


Verification of arrest can be found on the Union County Sheriff’s Office Daily Bulletin.

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Monroe woman charged with animal cruelty and abandonment after dumping medical needs cat — 19 Comments

    • Been sighted near a cornfield but ran. Traps have been set. I’m just hoping no one gets lost walking the cornfield.

  1. *PRAYERS* for innocent, blameless SAMPSON to be found, successfully treated, and rehomed to a loving permanent home where he will receive the very best care and loyal love for life.

    And for the heartless, soulless devil that did this, you are a shame to the human race and I pray you receive the maximum sentence allowable by law, and that Justice finds you, as it surely will in due time, if not on this earth by someone with nothing to lose, then certainly in the time to come. NO ONE escapes this Justice.

  2. Poor dear sweet Sampson! I hope he’s found ASAP! And I hope she’s prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law & gets her ass whipped daily!!!! 👿👿👿👿

  3. I just found her address. When I saw the poor cat was dumped in Monroe,Union County I knew it was bad. I hope that poor kitty will be ok and is found today. I hope she gets in a lot of trouble and has to stay in jail. To the people who are threatening her,stop please. Go to that area and help look for him. I use to live in Mooresville,NC and now I am in disgusting Elko,Nevada If I were in North Carolina I would be helping them daily. Contact Morgan Fogarty of WCCB TV. Morgan to the Rescue is one of her FB pages.

  4. I can’t believe it! If we think about attitudes toward animals prevalent in NC even a few years ago, this is an amazing development. The many small steps made by rescuers, educators, veterinarians, government officials, advocates, & ordinary citizens are starting to show results. You can even draw a connection with findings about the health benefits of companion animals — their value is being recognized. But often it’s still one step forward and two in reverse –we need to build on this change in consciousness. Are we ready for an actual movement?

    • Great point. There will be change in the right direction with continual chipping away at the wrong attitude towards animal welfare.

  5. P.S. I think I have seen this face before. I can’t find it on this site though. I have a feeling we have written about here before.

    • I blocked her address in the photo. I’ve known her name for several days but I don’t post names until I have a media source or a police blotter record.

      • I was wondering if she has been involved in another case of cat cruelty. I searched but failed to confirm that.

  6. Great news and many thanks for the speedy update Elisa. It seems that the police saw sense. Maybe my article about making a complaint helped 😉 – just joking.

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