It was a win for the animals on Wednesday morning when Judge Vershenia Moodie at Bertie County Court in Windsor, N.C. banned Anderson Christopher Bell from ever owning or harboring another animal.
According to the NewsHerald.com, Bell, 24, of Aulander was arrested in May for animal cruelty involving three pit bulls and charged with three counts of animal cruelty. He was found not guilty of two of the charges and pleaded no contest to the third charge.
Judge Moodie ordered Bell to pay restitution to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for veterinary expenses incurred while caring for the dogs and banned Bell from ever owning another animal.
The tragedy for three dogs, Dallas, Diamond, and a puppy named Ice, began last November when PETA intervened in complaints about the dogs constantly being chained and living in unacceptable and filthy conditions. The dogs were malnourished and lacked food, water, shelter, and medical care. Offers to provide veterinarian care for the dogs were refused by Bell.
A followup visit by PETA, a short time later, found the puppy, Ice, near death. In a press release by PETA, the puppy weighed only 16 pounds when she should have weighed at least 35 pounds. And in January, Dallas and Diamond were dangerously underweight and given over to PETA's custody to finally be properly vetted and fed.
"We thank the court for recognizing that a person who neglects dogs until they are literally starving to death is someone who should never again be trusted with an animal's care," says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "No more animals will suffer at Bell's hands, and we ask anyone who witnesses cruelty to animals to report it immediately."
Please thank PETA for another success in the egregious war against animal cruelty. It takes everyone to wage a successful battle and be the voices for those who can't speak. Report all animal cruelty; you may be saving an innocent life.
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