Dog tethered to 28-pound chain in Brunswick County

A Winnabow, North Carolina man was arrested on Monday after trying to block Brunswick County deputies from rescuing a dog tethered to a 28-pound chain and others abandoned on a property that had no access to water or proper shelter. Bristol Benjamin Richardson, 67, tried to keep deputies from seizing the dogs after authorities showed up at the property located at the 9300 block of Southern Boulevard.

According to the Myrtle Beach Sun News, Richardson was arrested and charged with misdemeanor resist/delay/obstructing and officer. He was released from jail on a $500 bond. Authorities are searching for the owner of the dogs identified as Tramonte Quintel Hooper; he will be arrested and charged with two misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty.

North Carolina law provides for the following:

§ 14-362.3. Restraining dogs in a cruel manner

A person who maliciously restrains a dog using a chain or wire grossly in excess of the size necessary to restrain the dog safely is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

§ 19A-23. Definitions

For the purposes of this Article, the following terms, when used in the Article or the rules or orders made pursuant thereto, shall be construed respectively to mean:

(1) “Adequate feed” means the provision at suitable intervals, not to exceed 24 hours, of a quantity of wholesome foodstuff suitable for the species and age, sufficient to maintain a reasonable level of nutrition in each animal. Such foodstuff shall be served in a sanitized receptacle, dish, or container.

(2) “Adequate water” means a constant access to a supply of clean, fresh, potable water provided in a sanitary manner or provided at suitable intervals for the species and not to exceed 24 hours at any interval.

(3) “Ambient temperature” means the temperature surrounding the animal.

(4) “Animal” means any domestic dog (Canis familiaris), or domestic cat (Felis domestica).

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(Photo of Hooper trying to resist dogs being seized via screenshot Myrtle Beach Sun News)

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