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Pet deaths put residents on alert

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

CAROLINA SHORES — Residents of a local community are being alerted about the suspicious deaths of pets in their neighborhood in the past week.

Late last week and over the past weekend, three cats and a duck were found dead in the area of Clubview Lane and near Putting and Waterview Lanes in the Village at Calabash off Thomasboro Road.

Betty Towell, president of the Village at Calabash Property Owners Association, sent out a notice June 16 alerting residents to keep their pets close to home and asking them to report any suspicious behavior.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was also contacted, Towell noted in her email.

“We are very concerned that this is not a coincidence, however, no marks were found on the cats,” Towell wrote. “If you have any information regarding these incidents, or you witnessed any suspicious behavior, please call or email the POA office.”

Janie Withers, president of Paws-Ability, a local nonprofit that provides support and funding for animal issues in Brunswick County, said Thursday she has offered to cover the cost of necropsies if any more animals are found dead in that area.

Withers said she has also contacted Brunswick County Animal Protective Services Director Tommy Tolley, who has expressed concern.

The Village at Calabash POA can be reached at 579-5464 or email tvacpoa@atmc.net.