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Couple arrested after dog found eating gutted puppy

NEWPORT, NC (WCTI) — Deputies arrested two people on animal cruelty charges after finding a dog eating the leg of another.

Carteret County deputies have arrested Gina Marie Alfano, 43, and Kevin John Diers, 52, of 618 East Branch Drive in Newport after investigators found a black dog eating the leg of an eight-week-old puppy that had been previously skinned and gutted.

Deputies and animal control officers responded Tuesday to the home of the Newport couple on Tuesday after a complaint from an anonymous source. Once there, deputies received consent to look in their storage building and were shocked at what they observed.

In was inside the shed where they found the puppy carcass. Further investigation revealed the puppy’s internal organs and meat had been fed to the other dogs.

The remains of the puppy have been collected for further analysis to determine how it was killed. Upon further examination of the shed, another dog was found dead in a cage and was also taken away.

Alfano and Diers were both charged with cruelty to animals and failing to dispose of a deceased domesticated animal. Both subjects each posted a $25,000 bond and were released from the Carteret County Jail.

Both were set to have a first appearance in court on Thursday.

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