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Father, son charged with animal cruelty

Friday, November 8, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A father and son from Wirtz have been indicted on charges of animal cruelty for allegedly failing to provide the proper medical treatment for their cat.

Anthony Eugene Fuller, 46, and Brian Anthony Fuller, 20, were indicted Monday on one count each of ill treating and depriving a companion feline of necessary emergency veterinary treatment.

"Poppy," the 13-year-old male cat, was brought by a neighbor to the Franklin County Humane Society on Oct. 22, according to Cindy Brooks, adoption specialist with the county animal shelter. The cat did not have a nose, only a large open hole on the front of his face.

Brooks transported the animal to the Pet Clinic of Rocky Mount, where Dr. Eric Lorens cleaned the animal's wounds and performed a biopsy, Brooks said. By this time, the cancer had spread deep into the animal's sinus cavity and tear glands, so Poppy was euthanized on Oct. 31.

Lorens told Brooks that the cat could have been successfully treated if he had received the proper care, Brooks said.

The neighbor who brought the cat to the Humane Society said the animal had been like that for several months, Brooks said.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

(Editor's Note: The photos of Poppy are so graphic and disturbing, the New-Post will not publish them.)

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