Authorities search for answers after dog found starved, tied to tree

(Photo courtesy of Jennifer Matherly/Facebook)

PACTOLUS, Pitt County - The Pitt County Animal Shelter and Pitt County Sheriff's Office are investigating after a dog was found over the weekend by young children nearly starved to death and tied to a tree in unincorporated Greenville.

PCAS director Michele Whaley tells NewsChannel 12 that the female terrier/pit bull mix was found near Old Pactolus Road just east of Greenville. It has been taken into foster care for vet treatment by a member of the Friends of the Pitt County Animal Shelter nonprofit group as it is nursed back to health.

That caregiver, Jennifer Matherly, posted to Facebook on Monday that while the female dog is recovering, "it is not out of the woods yet."

The dog, who she named Tanzie, was left to die without shelter, water or food.

Pitt County spokesman Mike Emory said the Pitt County Sheriff's Office was notified of the dog being tied to a tree in a wooded area between Mayes Circle and Pam Drive near Old Pactolus Road shortly before 8 p.m. on Sunday. Emory said the dog was severely emaciated, but was able to stand and move on its own.

PCSO is heading the investigation due to the severity of the abuse, Emory said.

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