NC woman accused of allowing family dog to starve to death

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Stephanie Bates, 49, of Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Fayetteville woman has been arrested for allegedly allowing her family dog to starve to death, according to WTVD.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Detectives said that 49-year-old Stephanie Bates allowed her three-year-old boxer Bruno to starve after he was diagnosed with gastro-intestinal issues.

Bates’ veterinarian prescribed Bruno medication in October of 2013, but Bates didn’t bring her dog back until January 31, 2014. The vet said Bruno’s condition had not improved and he would need to have additional medication and a special diet.

One year later, in January 2015, Bates called the vet to ask about euthanizing Bruno. The vet refused to comply without examining the pet first.

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