Friday, December 31, 2010

N.C. man charged with starving pets, selling drugs

By Thomasi McDonald, The Bellingham Herald

A Garner, N.C., man has been charged with selling drugs from his home, where police say they also found several dead animals, including an alligator.
Police think Kelvin Leroy Dunston, 31, killed the alligator, as well as two pit bulls, two large snakes and two lizards, by failing to feed them, court records show.
They also think he neglected to feed a third pit bull, nearly starving the animal to death, according to court records.
Police charged Dunston on Friday with eight felony counts of animal cruelty; one felony count of maintaining a place for a controlled substance; possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to arrest warrants filed at the Wake County Magistrate's Office.
Police have accused Dunston of neglecting to feed two brown and white pit bulls that were chained to a tree. Police also found two dead lizards of unknown sex or species inside Dunston's home, court records show.
Police found one of the lizards, described as black with white spots, inside a large glass aquarium and a dark green lizard inside a wire cage. Both animals had been deprived of food and water, police said.
Police found the dead alligator in another aquarium. Police have accused Dunston of depriving the reptile of food and water for an unknown period of time, court records show.
Police say one of the dead boa constrictors was inside a cardboard box, while the other was in a large organizational drawer. Police say both died as a result of not being provided food and water, court records show.
Police also found a digital scale, 51 grams of marijuana and a black, .25 caliber handgun that had been reported stolen, court records show.
Police took Dunston to the Wake County jail, where he remains in custody in lieu of $145,000 bail. He is considered a flight risk, court records show.

Related articles:
Police: Dead alligator, lizards, snakes found in Garner home of man charged with dealing drugs - WGHP
Garner man accused of starving dogs, alligator, boa constrictors - WRAL

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