Saturday, June 22

Sheriff’s Office Charges Two Dog Owners with Felony Animal Cruelty

ASHEBORO N.C. – The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office has charged two individuals with nine counts of felony cruelty to animals after Animal Services allegedly found malnourished and dead dogs on their property.

According to a press release by the Sheriff’s Office, On July 12th, 2023, the Sheriff’s Office responded to assist Randolph County Animal Services who had responded to a call about an aggressive dog on Searcy Rd. Ext, in Seagrove.

Animal Control Officer had located abandoned and malnourished dogs outside of the home; two of which were deceased. The caller had also reported there were multiple dogs inside the residence that no one was taking care of.

Officials were able to contact the homeowner who allowed officers to enter the home where they found several puppies and their mother; two of those puppies were deceased.

Police identified Joseph Kyle Jones and Charity Michelle Wall as the current residents of the property and owners of the dogs.

Following the investigation by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, charges were sought against Jones and Wall for nine counts of felony cruelty to animals.

The magistrate found probable cause and issued the warrants and on July 19th, 2023, Jones and Wall were located, arrested, and transported to Randolph County Detention Center, where they were served their warrants. Jones was issued a $20,000 secured bond and Wall was issued a $10,000 secured bond.

They both remained confined at the Randolph County Jail and are due in Randolph County Court on August 8th, 2023.