Pitt Co. man charged with animal abandonment

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - A Pitt County man is charged with animal abandonment after an incident on Friday.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office arrested 50-year-old Kurt Christian Huhn of Ayden.

Deputies say he arrived at the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina on Friday afternoon and attempted to surrender a cat.

Facility staff told Huhn they were full to capacity for cat intake and could not accept the animal.

Deputies say that's when Huhn left the cat in the parking lot and drove away.

Humane Society of Eastern Carolina shelter director Sistine Burgess says the cat ran into the woods and hasn't been found.

Burgess says right now there is a waiting list to surrender an animal for the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina. This time of year, animals are coming in more often than they are getting adopted out.

"Abandonment puts the animal at risk of exposure, starvation, and death due to animal attacks or traffic," said Burgess. "Better yet, finding a new home on your own and avoiding the shelter system all together is ideal. There are programs to help with food and care of pets as well."If you absolutely need to surrender a cat or dog, Burgess says to contact your local animal shelter.

Huhn is charged with abandonment of animals. He is scheduled to appear in Pitt County District Court on July 12.

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