NORTH CAROLINA – A North Carolna woman was arrested on animal cruelty charges after she abandoned her 11-year-old dying cat on the side of the road, police stated.
Michelle Antoinette Raymond, who is 48, is formally charged with felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor abandonment of animals.
Monroe police explained that Raymond left her 11-year-old cat “Samson” along Willis Long Road on Thursday, June 22. Officers went on to say that they were told of the incident on Sunday through a local animal rescue.
Through the entire investigation it was determined Samson suffered from a kidney disease and was extremely ill. Raymond admitted to police that she had indeed dumped the cat at a remote area and placed dry food at the roadside because she was unable to care for the cat and the accompanying medical issues it had been suffering from.
Volunteers at the rescue organization along with the police department searched the area for the cat but have been unable to locate Samson.
The cat is a yellow and white male cat and will answer to the name Samson.
Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Capt. Beth Greene with the Monroe Police Department at (704) 282-4722. Raymond is currently being held in Union County Jail and has an initial court date of Aug. 24.