Animal cruelty cases up in Forsyth County

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Animal cruelty cases in Forsyth County have increased 54% since 2004 says Forsyth County Animal Control, and now many animal activist groups are joining in the battle against cruelty by offering some monetary rewards in cases where there is an arrest.

Fur-Ever Friends of North Carolina has set up a cruelty fund. They are asking for donations for that fund in order to offer a $500 reward in a recent abandonment case.

Sunday, 5 puppies were found left alone and starving off Rolling Knoll Lane in Winston-Salem. 3 off the puppies died from starvation.

"These little guys were defenseless they couldn't hunt couldn't feed themselves couldn't get to water. They suffered they suffered at the hands of a human and there is no excuse for it," said activist Lori Shore-Smith, who found a foster home for the pups.

Forsyth County Animal Control Director Tim Jennings says his office only has 10 officers to respond to the more than 20,000 different calls, like the one Sunday, every year.  With abuse cases on the rise and limited help, Jennings admits response times are slow.

Still, Jennings says that's no excuse not to report abuse or for people to abandon animals.

"It's illegal, but there is no reason for it. They can bring them here there is no charge, there's no questions other than do you know the owner or something like that," says Jennings.

AARF is finding homes for the abandoned puppies, while Fur-Ever Friends is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who abandoned them.

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