Greenville man charged after one dog found dead, another neglected

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Greenville man is charged with cruelty to animals after an Animal Protective Services officer found one dead dog, and another in poor physical condition in his custody.

Greenville Police says the Animal Protective Services Unit received an anonymous complaint about a foul odor coming from the back of 300 Cedar Street, Unit A on Thursday, November 12.

When an officer responded the found a 7-year-old male Akita deceased, and another 7-year-old Akita in poor physical condition.

After an investigation, Animal Protective Services officers determined the dogs had been neglected and had not been tended to in several days.

Greenville Police says thanks to the actions of concerned citizens, Animal Protective Services, and the expertise of local supporting veterans, the surviving Akita is getting the medical attention it needs and is expected to make a full recovery.

They say there is still a long road ahead for the neglected dog, and it will stay in the custody of the Greenville Police Department Animal Protective Services Unit until further notice.

Police say the dogs’ owner, 38-year-old Matthew Blackman, of Greenville, turned himself into the Pitt County Detention Center where he was charged with Cruelty to Animals.

He was booked into the Pitt County Detention

Center under a $5,000 bond.

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