Arrests made in animal neglect case

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A man and a woman were arrested Wednesday afternoon at a house on Wychemere in Raleigh where police found a number of deceased and malnourished dogs.

The dogs became part of the latest case of animal cruelty or neglect.

"I've been watching it and I've been upset by it," said neighbor Barbara Dirmeyer.

Dirmeyer lives right next door.  And while she's a "cat person," the half dozen or so dogs within sight of her house had recently caused concerns.

"Because the puppies had wide collars," said Dirmeyer.  "Two and a half inch leather collars and big heavy chains," she added.

Detectives would only say their investigation is ongoing.  But the houses and other equipment in the yard are consistent with places used to breed Pit Bulls and train them to fight.

"A young man who was measuring my kitchen for new flooring saw the dogs and said they were malnourished," said Dirmeyer.  "I didn't know, but he's the one who reported it," she added.

Police had to call in a moving company to help remove large pieces of plywood and other evidence as neighbors watched.

"We're very surprised because this neighborhood is, as you can see, quiet and working class," said neighbor Lakisha Holt.  "So, I'm very surprised," she added.

She and others are also saddened by what may have happened to the dogs at the end of the street.

Police have yet to file charges against the man and woman who were taken into custody at the house.

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