Raleigh police charge man with animal cruelty

From staff reportsJuly 12, 2014 

— A Raleigh man with a history of animal cruelty charges was arrested Saturday on new charges alleging mistreatment of dogs.

Arrest warrants show that Earl Antroine Hamilton, 32, of 3806 Potecasi Drive in Raleigh, is accused of intentionally depriving food, water and/or medical care to an American Staffordshire terrier. Raleigh police also accuse Hamilton of unlawfully tethering four American Staffordshire terriers for more than three hours during a 24-hour period.

Police say Hamilton gave a false name to an officer and did not have current rabies tags attached to six American Staffordshire terriers.

Hamilton was charged with animal cruelty, tethering a dog, resisting a public officer and violating a local ordinance by not having rabies tags attached to his dogs. He is being held at the Wake County jail, with bail set at $2,000.

Court records show that Hamilton pleaded guilty to a 2010 charge of animal cruelty in Mecklenburg County.

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