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Three men face animal cruelty charges after shooting pit bull

Three men were arrested and charged with animal cruelty after shooting a pit bull in a home they set out to rob. (Photos: Tyrrell County Sheriff's Office)

Three men from Columbia are facing multiple felony charges, including cruelty to animals, after shooting a pit bull in a home they set out to rob.

On February 7, deputies with the Tyrrell County Sheriff's Office responded to a breaking and entering call at a N.C. 94 North residence. Upon arrival, deputies found an injured pit bull and noticed the home had been ransacked.

Raheem Spencer, 23, was charged with felony breaking entering and larceny and felony cruelty to animals after deputies were able to determine that the injured pit bull had been shot during the breaking and entering. He was on probation for felonious larceny at the time.

Dequan Spencer, 25, was also arrested on the same charges. He had been previously convicted of several felony criminal offenses and spent active time in the North Carolina Department of Corrections, officials said.

Kareem Spencer, 16, was also charged with the same offenses. All three were placed in the Dare County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

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