Police seize 14 dogs from home, owner charged

by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - More than a dozen pit bulls are being nursed back to health after being seized from a Northeast Charlotte home.

Friday, CMPD officers arrested the dogs' owner, Samuel Mobley, on a dozen charges of animal cruelty.

Investigators said they had been to Mobley's home more than 25 times because of previous complaints, and said they had issued Mobley more than $6,000 in fines since 2012 because of previous violations.

According to court documents, officers seized 14 male and female pit bulls, who were all described as "thin." Investigators said some of the dogs had no access to water or shelter.

"The dogs are barking all the time. One of the neighbors said they always have a stick with them because they don't trust them at all," said neighbor Becca Marzara.

Authorities said some of the pit bulls were illegally chained up and noted that none had been vaccinated or had legal tags.

"It's horrible, it's totally horrible to hear that it's happening right in our neighborhood," Marzara said.

All of the pit bulls are now being cared for at Mecklenburg County Animal Care & Control.