By DEUCE NIVEN
One of two women sought in an animal abandonment case has been charged, with police still looking for the second.
Casey Duncan Gore, 35, was charged Thursday with five counts each of animal abandonment and failing to have the dogs vaccinated against rabies on warrants obtained by Columbus County Animal Control Officer Joey Prince, Columbus County Detention Center records show.
Gore is charged in a Tabor City dog abandonment case revealed by the remnants of Hurricane Hermine last week.
Identical warrants were obtained for Gore’s spouse, Morgan Blaire Gore, 24. Tabor City police have those warrants, and have been looking for both women all week, Capt. Greg Sibbett said.
Each of the warrants show an initial court date of Sept. 30.
Both women are shown on warrants and jail records as living on Floyd Street in Tabor City, though that home appears abandoned, officers said.
A limb from a tree damaged as Tropical Storm Hermine fell into a dog pen behind the Floyd Street house on Sept. 3, leaving an opening just big enough for one of the dog’s to escape, Prince said. Neighbors called, complaining about the stray dog, leading police to discover the dog pen.
Five dogs, without food, only fetid water to drink, and feeding on excrement were recovered, Prince said.
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