Animal Hoarding Case Uncovered: 33 Unhealthy Pets Surrendered by Owner

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. — The discovery of 33 unhealthy pets in a home in Craven County has shed light on a concerning case of animal hoarding.

Two weeks ago, Animal Protective Services employees discovered the dismal living conditions of the animals in the home. Tabatha Ginn, an employee, described the scene as unimaginable, with feces, urine, and trash scattered throughout the house. The homeowner, Susan Riggs, now faces animal cruelty and failure to vaccinate charges.

A total of 31 cats and 2 dogs were found living in poor conditions, prompting the owner to surrender the animals to authorities. The pets were taken to the Craven Pamlico Animal Services Center, where they received immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, one kitten had to be euthanized due to severe emaciation and an upper respiratory infection.

Dr. Tanya Osler, a veterinarian at the center, expressed concern for the health of the other animals, noting that many of them required aggressive treatment. Despite the challenges, the animals are expected to recover and find new homes in the near future.

This case of animal hoarding has raised awareness about the importance of responsible pet ownership and the need for proper animal welfare laws to prevent such situations from occurring in the future. As the animals continue to receive care, authorities are working to ensure that they are placed in loving homes where they will be well cared for.