2 face animal cruelty charges in NC after dog starves to death

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Two people from Fayetteville face felony animal abuse charges after police said they starved a dog to death and left another for dead.

Frankie Lynn Barker, 30, and Danielle Elizabeth Durocher, 27, were each charged with felony cruelty to animals following an investigation.

On Jan. 12, Cumberland County Animal Control officers responded to a distressed animal call at a residence in the 400 block of Oak Ridge Road, authorities said.

The officers left a 24-hour notice on the apartment door for the owners to contact Animal Control.

Officers returned Jan. 13 and found the notice still on the door. The property manager opened the residence for the officers.

Officers found one dead dog and another locked in a metal crate with no food or water.

Dr. John Lauby performed a necropsy on the dead animal and found no food in the dog’s stomach or intestine.

Lauby, director of Cumberland County Animal Control, said the cause of death was starvation. The dog weighed 15 pounds at the time of the necropsy. Lauby said the dog should have weighed around 35 pounds.

Barker and Durocher were taken to the Cumberland County Jail and were give a $10,000 secured bond each.

They have scheduled court appearances on Jan. 15.

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