GPD: Woman charged with animal cruelty after multiple puppies found dead

APS officers rescue mother dog

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A woman has been charged with animal cruelty after multiple puppies were found dead.

Greenville Police said Monday they got the call about an animal carcass in the backyard of a South Washington Street house on July 27th. Investigating Animal Protective Services officers found one dead puppy and a nursing mother dog in the backyard. Officers weren’t able to make contact with the resident of the home.

When they entered the backyard, they found the remains of three other puppies. The mother dog and a surviving puppy were found in the following conditions:

  1. All bony prominences evident from a distance
  2. No discernible body fat
  3. Abdominal tuck and hour glass shape

Both were removed and taken to a veterinarian for emergency treatment. That veterinarian determined the surviving mother dog and puppy were heavily infested with hookworms. Unfortunately, the only surviving puppy succumbed to severe hookworm infestation and died that night.

On August 16, warrants charged Cynthia Eatte Tyson with five counts of felony animal cruelty (one for each puppy) and one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty (for the sole surviving nursing mother dog). Tyson was arrested last Wednesday and was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center under an $11,000 secured bond.


The mother dog, affectionately nicknamed “Baby” by Animal Protective Services officers has thrived under their care. If you’re interested in providing for her care, you’re encouraged to call Greenville Animal Protective Services at 252-329-4387. Officers are hoping to find Baby a rescue organization so she can be placed in a forever home.

The Greenville Animal Protective Services Unit would like to thank the anonymous citizen who reported this situation. We encourage any citizen that observes any form of animal cruelty to contact Greenville Police or Animal Protective Services so a proper investigation can be conducted.

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