KPD: Second suspect wanted for animal cruelty turns himself in

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) The Kinston Police Department says the last suspect wanted in the animal cruelty case has turned himself in.

On Monday at approximately 10:28 a.m., the Kinston Police Department responded to 414 West Blount Street in reference to a welfare check.

Upon their arrival, officers said they smelled a strong odor coming from the residence.

Officers located two Pit Bulls within the residence both locked inside a small kennel.

Both dogs were in various stages of neglect and malnourishment.

The dogs were immediately rushed to veterinary care.

Upon further investigation, the two owners were identified as Michael Whaley Jr. and Jamie Brooke Dula, officials said.

Police obtained warrants for both Whaley and Dula for cruelty to animals.

On Tuesday around 4:30 p.m., Dula was arrested for two counts of felony animal cruelty.

Dula was sent to the Lenoir County Jail under a $2,500 bond.

Whaley Jr. turned himself in on Sunday and warrants were served.

He was placed in the Lenoir County Jail with a $2,500 bond.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these two individuals is asked to contact Captain B. Price of the Kinston Police Department at 252-521-9358.

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