Terrance Lee Vanepps, JrWhen police went to serve and eviction notice on Terrance Lee Vanepps, Jr,32, of Gaston, they found a lot more than they bargained for. Outside the apartment the found a dog that had been dead for at least a week and 9 more dogs that were malnourished. Inside the apartment there were yet more dogs, 2 adults and 2 puppies, along with quantity of reptiles.

“I don’t know what it died from,” said Jack Kerley, director of animal services. “I think it died from neglect,” he said referring to the decomposing dog found outside.

The rest of the outside dog, which were all pit mixes, were in “poor condition” and did not have adequate food or water. The inside animal all seemed to be in better shape.

All the animals were removed, the reptiles going back to the pet shop they came from and the dogs to Lincoln County Animal Services where they will be evaluated by a vet.

Vanepps was charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty, 12 counts of failing to have animals vaccinated for rabies and one count of failing to bury a dead animal.

Vanepps 32, who currently lives at the 5200 block of Farran Street, was released Thursday from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

Does no one notice 10 dogs in a person’s yard?? And one of them dead? In the heat the stench must have been horrific!! How does someone in an apartment wound up with 14 dogs?? Is our society such a ‘hear no evil, see no evil’ and don’t even get involved society that no one even cares??

Gaston Gazette

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