After rescuing the dogs, the officers took them to a local veterinary hospital, where they are undergoing treatment and care with hopes that they will recover to full health. The County Sheriff’s officers have already arrested Nehemia Pate, the 25 year old owner of the home, who has been charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals. After his arrest, Pate was held at the Robeson County Detention Center, before securing a $2,000 bond.
At the moment of his arrest, Pate did not have an attorney who would talk to the press on his behalf. If convicted of the crimes he is being charged with, Pate could be facing several months in jail.
According to North Carolina Animal Protection Laws, animal cruelty can be classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor, and in severe cases, it can be classified as a Class H felony. Class 1 misdemeanors carry a sentence of up to 120 days in jail, while Class H felonies carry a sentence of up to 30 months in jail.
According to County Sheriff Wilkins, there is no excuse for animal cruelty. Since animals do not have a voice that they can use to express their feelings, the County Sheriff said that community members must become their voice whenever they notice animals being abused. The Sheriff also termed the case as “horrific”.
The Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone who has more information about the Nehemia Pate case, or information about any other cases of animal cruelty within the county, to get in touch at (910) 671-3100 or (910) 671-3170 and share this information.