Police have charged a woman with felony cruelty to animals in the death of an Alaskan malamute and 21 misdemeanor cruelty charges involving other dogs as well as cats, rabbits and ferrets.
The charges stem from an incident two weeks ago in which the smell of animal waste in a house on Lake Glen Drive was so strong that police called in firefighters in hazardous waste gear to check for two elderly people whom police thought might be there and need help.
On Friday, Holly Springs police arrested Gina Anne Spallone-Williams, 51, who was living there but who had been living in the single-story, Lake Glen Drive home. Fuquay-Varina police had obtained arrest warrants on Sept. 4.
According to the charges in the eight warrants, Spallone-Williams killed the malamute “by intentional deprivation of necessary sustenance.”
For the other animals, police said Spallone-Williams “unlawfully and willfully did intentionally deprive” an animal of sustenance.
The 21 misdemeanor charges list five Maltese dogs, two Siberian huskies, two hounds, one shepherd and one Doberman.
The charges list six cats, two ferrets and two rabbits.
Spallone-Williams’ parents, who are 87 and 81 years old, were at an appointment outside the house that day, and Wake County officials arranged for them to be moved to other relatives.
When authorities entered the house last month, they said there was no furniture inside.
An initial report on the day the animals were found said 26 animals were inside. However, Wake County Animal Services, which took all the animals to evaluate them, said Monday that there had been only 22.
Spallone-Williams was held in the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail pending a court appearance.