Sheriff seizes 14 dogs, charges owner with violations


From staff reports

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office has seized 14 dogs from an Elizabeth City woman’s property after officials say she failed to vaccinate the animals against rabies and neglected to care for them properly.

Patricia Ann Shannonhouse, 41, of the 700 Block of Hunter Street, has been charged with 14 counts of failing to vaccinate a dog for rabies, violating the city’s ordinance prohibiting a city resident from keeping more than three dogs at their home, and failing to maintain sanitary conditions for animal confinement, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Shannonhouse, who was arrested on the charges Sunday, was released on $1,500 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 28.

The dogs were taken into county custody and placed at the animal shelter operated by the SPCA of Northeast North Carolina.

According to the complaint by Pasquotank Animal Control Deputy Lee Owen, which is detailed in a warrant signed by Magistrate Donna L. Dees, Shannonhouse kept 14 dogs on the property in the 700 Block of Hunter Street. A city ordinance prohibits Elizabeth City residents from keeping more than three dogs.

The warrant also alleges Shannonhouse allowed more than four days’ worth of animal dung to accumulate in the building where she was keeping the dogs, resulting in unsanitary conditions.

Some of the dogs were reportedly underweight; missing fur; missing a leg; or suffering from a deformed foot.

Most of the dogs were listed as chihuahuas or a pomeranian-chihuahua mix.