VANCEBORO, N.C. – A woman in Craven County is facing charges of animal cruelty after authorities discovered 31 cats and two dogs living in unsanitary conditions in her home. Susan Riggs, the owner of the animals, was found to be absent from her residence on Maul Swamp Road outside of Vanceboro when the authorities arrived on December 21st.
Upon investigation, Craven County Animal Protective Services officers described the conditions inside the home as filthy and unsuitable for the animals. The officers further reported that the animals were without water and proper shelter. As a result of the investigation, two dogs and three kittens were seized and required immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, one of the kittens had to be euthanized due to its poor health.
Following the incident, Riggs was charged with animal cruelty and failure to vaccinate the animals. It was also revealed that she has a court date set for January 23rd to address the charges against her. Furthermore, the remaining cats were voluntarily surrendered by Riggs and transported to the Craven-Pamlico Animal Services Center.
The case is an unfortunate reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership and the need for proper care and attention to the well-being of animals. The authorities continue to monitor the situation and are working to ensure that the seized animals receive the necessary care and support. This serves as a necessary reminder for all pet owners to fulfill their responsibilities in providing a safe and healthy environment for their animals.