Currituck couple charged with mistreating 21 dogs


From staff reports

Monday, February 11, 2019

CURRITUCK — A Currituck couple have been charged with several counts of mistreatment of animals after more than 20 dogs, almost all of them puppies, were discovered living in poor conditions. 

Kenneth Gregory Collins, 25, and Casey Marie Bloom, 20, both of the 100 block of Currituck Road in Moyock, were arrested and each charged with nine misdemeanor counts of mistreatment of animals on Thursday, Jan. 17, Currituck Sheriff’s Office arrest reports state. Both are due in district court on Feb. 20.  

According to criminal summonses, the offenses occurred on Saturday, Jan. 12, and involve 21 dogs: Lulu and her three puppies, Blue and her six pupplies and Sadie and her nine puppies. The summonses, issued and signed by Magistrate Robert D. Lewis, state there was probable cause to believe the animals were not given “constant access to clean, fresh water provided in a sanitary manner,” nor were they provided proper shelter and protection from the weather and adequate living space.  

Each offense was a violation of county ordnances pertaining to cruelty of animals.

Gina Maurer, director of animal services and control for Currituck County, announced Tuesday, Jan. 15, that 21 dogs, including three mothers and 18 pupplies, had been seized after authorities acted on a complaint from a concerned citizen. County officials said in a press release at the time that animal cruelty charges were pending against the dogs’ owners.

Maurer also said that two of the mother dogs were found in crates with their puppies, while the third was found in an indoor enclosure with hers. One of the mothers was crated with nine puppies; another had six puppies in her crate. The three litters of puppies appeared to have been born two to three weeks apart and none of the puppies were older than six weeks, she said.

Some of the animals had been exposed to the elements because they were found outside the residence, Maurer said. However, those inside the house were in a place that didn’t appear to be regulated for temperature, she said.

All 21 dogs were transported to the Currituck Animal Shelter. Maurer said all 21 animals did not appear to be suffering life-threatening injuries or illnesses.