By DEUCE NIVEN
Like her spouse before her, a Tabor City woman facing animal abandonment charges failed to appear in District Court in Whiteville Monday, Columbus County Animal Control Officer Joey Prince said.
Morgan Blaire Gore, 24, will face a $20,000 bond when she is taken into custody on the failure to appear charge, with District Court Judge Fred Gore setting that bail.
Gore is charged with five counts each of animal abandonment and failing to have the dogs vaccinated against rabies. Her apparently estranged spouse, Casey Duncan Gore, 35, faces the same charges.
Both women are accused of leaving dogs in a pen behind an abandoned Floyd Street home that were discovered after winds from Hurricane Hermine sent a tree limb crashing into the fence on Sept. 3, freeing one of the animals, Tabor City police said at the time.
Five dogs, without food, only fetid water to drink, and feeding on excrement were recovered, Prince said.
Casey Gore was arrested in September, and failed to appear for a Sept. 30 court date, the same day Morgan Gore was arrested. Casey Gore has not been arrested on the failure to appear charge.
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