WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Two dogs were removed from a Winston-Salem home on Thursday, after being inside for several days, following their owner’s arrest on Sunday.
“The dogs will die, the dogs will die,” said Teri Kennedy, who learned of the dogs on Wednesday. “That’s my worst fear.”
Multiple sources confirmed that the owner of the dogs, who was renting the property at 1708 Doune St., is Laura Lyerly. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said that Lyerly was arrested on Sunday at 2 p.m. for a vandalism charge.
Several concerned citizens took several routes to attempt to have the dogs removed, as concern for them grew.
“They’re not barking anymore, they’re kind of whining,” said Frank Holland, who arrived at the home Thursday morning. “You can faintly hear them in the background.”
Forsyth County Animal Control said initially, an officer who went to the home did not hear the dogs. However, after they received another call, an officer returned and did hear the dogs inside. They also added that a woman with the ability the access the home failed to show up to the location when she said she would on multiple occasions.
“They’re wondering where their owner is,” Holland said. “They’re probably scared and alone.”
At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, animal control told FOX8 they were in the process of drawing up a warrant to get inside. They say they are not able to make entry to a home without a warrant unless they are able to prove the animals inside are in distress; for example, by being able to see them through a window.
Approximately 15 minutes later, Winston-Salem police arrived at the home along with an associate of the company which manages the property, which the owner of the home confirmed to be Home Real Estate in Winston-Salem.
At that point, Kennedy screamed at the representative, saying, “Why couldn’t you do this yesterday? If those dogs are dead it’s on you.”
They were able to get inside the home and remove the dogs, which walked off the property on their own. There is no word on if they were without food and/or water inside the home.
The dogs were loaded into the car of the employee and taken away. Winston-Salem police did not know what the employee planned to do with the dogs.
Police told those at the scene that they did not have the authority to enter the home, but realized it was a serious situation and responded as soon as they found out. They also say that if someone is arrested, they are allowed to use the phone to make arrangements for their animals.