Investigation into possible animal abuse underway in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Neighbors say their repeated calls to High Point Animal Control about neglected dogs at a home went unanswered until a dog was found dead on the property Monday.

"I've made a number of calls ... at one time six dogs were tied to trees with no shade, shelter or food," said Kasie Thomas, who last reported dying dogs in the backyard of the property Sunday. "Now that one is dead they had to do something ... someone needs to be held accountable."

Records with 911 communications shows animal control has been called to the home, located at 810 Denny St. and just a block from High Point University, three times this year alone. Neighbors say the owners, who were breeding the pit bull dogs, haven't been seen in days.

"There was one white dog that was tied to a pole and his ribs were showing," said neighbor Ladene Hayes, who says she last saw animal control on the property last week. [The officer] walked around the property and I saw him come back around the house and get in the car and leave."

Officials with 911 communication confirmed an animal control officer removed four animals, including one deceased, Monday because they didn’t have any tags. The official said an investigation is underway and that many times it can be hard to find the real owners of the animals.

Thomas says she saw more dogs inside the home and told the responding animal control officer Monday who she said would not investigate her claim. The officer on scene would not comment to FOX8 after loading the deceased dog except to say, "I don't speak." An animal control supervisor did not return our calls for comment.

“A couple of months ago [an] animal control person came out and said he had too many dogs," said neighbor Mary Lucas. "I saw them today take them away."

"The dog could be alive today if they had acted before," said Thomas, who wants someone with the city to explain why the animals were ignored by animal control. "Someone needs to be held accountable."

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