ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Police in North Carolina have seized dogs from their owners for the third time in three months.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office says in warrants that its deputies seized three of the dogs from a home in Leicester on Thursday. Warrants said they seized another dog, “an emaciated hound bearing a brand,” several days earlier after receiving multiple complaints that the animal was tethered outside without food or water.

According to a search warrant, sheriff’s deputies responded “on numerous occasions” in 2017 to complaints about the health of four other dogs and their living conditions.

Deputies said 19-year-old Dylan Lee Hightower and 20-year-old Cierra Star Newcomb are each charged with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals and multiple misdemeanor counts of animal neglect.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times,

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