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Investigators in NC looking for whoever left five dogs to starve to death

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SWAIN COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities in North Carolina are looking for the person responsible for abandoning several dogs, causing them to starve to death.

WLOS reported that investigators responded late last month to a report of abandoned dogs in Swain County. Among the litter, they found five dead dogs, either in cages or on chains. Their medical report shows they starved to death.

Liberty the dog (WLOS)

Liberty the dog (WLOS)

“None of them had food, none of them had water,” said Detective Charlie Robinson, adding temperatures at the time near zero exacerbated the situation.

He said there was one bright spot: They found one dog alive, but in poor condition. She immediately got medical and emotional care, and the name “Liberty.”

“For some reason when we clicked that chain loose and she was the only survivor out of that, that name just came to me. I thought we’re giving you your Liberty,” says Beth Cline who runs PAWS animal shelter in Bryson City.

The sheriff believes whoever was living at the property just left and abandoned the dogs — a couple of Chihuahuas and bulldog mixes.

Read full story: WLOS