Woman arrested, charged after 27 dogs were seized

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — A Beaufort County woman is facing dozens of counts of animal cruelty.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says Julianne Harris was arrested and charged with 27 counts of animal cruelty.

Harris claims to have operated an animal rescue known as Out of the Woods in Blounts Creek.

The Beaufort County Animal Control director Billy Lassiter says 27 dogs were seized from a home in March after animal control received information that two missing dogs were inside the home in kennels. When gaining access to the home, 25 additional dogs were found.

Lassiter says the dogs were kept in cages for 23 hours a day, often only let out for an hour to eat, drink, and play.

The Sheriff’s Office says Harris bonded out of jail Tuesday night.

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