The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office charged and arrested 50-year-old Ernest Mannix Barber of Joy Drive in Roanoke Rapids on June 9 for the death of Star, a tethered pit bull that died of heatstroke due to lack of water.
Barber was charged with one count of felonious kill of an animal by starvation and two counts of Halifax County ordinance violation of mistreatment of animals prohibited by tethering a dog, according to the press release from HCSO.
Barber has a July 22 court date after posting bond, according to the press release.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sought to file charges against Barber after a fieldworker with the organization found Star chained and dead on May 28, with limited tethering to reach shade and no water.
According to a previous article, PETA last visited at the end of April before Star’s death, but has been assisting the resident since 2016 with free services such as a dog house, food, flea prevention and straw bedding during the winter.
Read the previous article headlined “PETA seeks charges for death of Star: Tethered pit bull dies from suspected heatstroke in Roanoke Rapids” at bit.ly/2TA7Dmf.
In the press release from HCSO, on June 7, Detective Sgt, R.G. Jenkins met with PETA and opened an animal cruelty case for Star, which after following up with interviews and examining evidence, led to the arrest of Barber.
Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch of PETA provided a comment regarding the recent arrest.
“The sheriff’s office was right to take action,” Nachminovitch said. “And with scorching temperatures and oppressive humidity in the forecast this week, PETA hopes this case will serve as a wake-up call. If you don’t want your dogs to suffer and die under the hot sun as sweet Star did, bring them indoors.”
According to a press release from PETA, the organization is putting out a public service announcement to report dogs without access to shade or drinkable water in light of the death of Star.
“This sweet dog essentially broiled to death on a chain, without a drop of water or an inch of shade nearby,” Nachminovitch said. “We hope PETA’s PSA will prevent other dogs from being left outside in the scorching summer heat to suffer and even to perish.”
The press release also said fieldworkers have found many dogs suffering from the heat to include the Northeastern part of the state.
Visit PETA’s PSA on its website at bit.ly/3gDQAaL.