Resident charged with animal cruelty

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington woman is charged with animal cruelty after city police responded to a complaint of noxious odors.

Officers were dispatched to the area of 109 Doan St. in Wilmington about 9 p.m. Thursday to investigate the complaint, according to a media release from the Wilmington Police Department. After checking, they found nine cats and eight rabbits in cages in a shed located at the rear of the property.

The cages were covered in feces, stated the media release. The cat cages had no bowls for food or water.

The owner of the animals is Regina Dozier, 58, of Wilmington, who was charged with animal cruelty.

The animals were turned over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

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