Onslow Co. couple charged with animal cruelty makes first court appearance

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A married couple in Onslow County had their first court appearance Monday after more than 40 animals were removed from their home on May 13.

After  Onslow County Animal Services received an anonymous call of possible animal cruelty at 128 Forbes Estate Dr. in Jacksonville, officers found two dead kittens inside a freezer, as well as a dead dog and another dog in convulsions that had to be euthanized on-scene.

In total, Onslow County Animal Services recovered 31 dogs, 13 cats, and one pig.

Damian Irvin and Samantha Wesche were charged in connection with the incident. Investigators said the pair left the animals unattended since May 6. They’re due in court again on June 12. They’ll be retaining their own legal representation.

“The residence did not have a properly functioning air conditioner at the time entry was made. Our officers found all animals, including the pig, in pet crates without proper food and water supplies. Several of the cats’ crates were found inside a bathroom and closets,” said OCAS Director Howard Martin in a news release.

The investigation is ongoing.

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