An investigation is underway after seven malnourished dogs were discovered in a Fayetteville home.
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Authorities found one dog dead, another had to be euthanized, and five others were in bad shape at a home on Kaywood Drive in the Tiffany Pines neighborhood.
A neighbor’s photos and videos alerted Cumberland County Animal Services to the home. Some people may find the footage disturbing.
“The dogs were definitely malnourished,” said Cumberland County Animals Services Director Elaine Smith. “Some of them had, now we know, a parvovirus infection.
“We have to be very careful about that. Any animal who was on that property was exposed to that virus and could potentially become ill with it.”
Smith said authorities did not know the cause of death for the dead dog.
Investigators are trying to determine if criminal charges should be filed against the man who was responsible for taking care of the animals.
Cumberland County Animal Services is trying to alert anyone who took an animal from the home over the weekend to have it checked by a veterinarian. The dogs may have a deadly virus that could spread to other animals.