Wednesday, 18 August 2021 17:32

Woman facing more than 60 animal cruelty charges in Richmond County Superior Court

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ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County woman is facing more than five dozen animal cruelty charges, accused of abandoning multiple dogs and letting them starve.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports of animal cruelty and neglect at 109 Madison Ave. in East Rockingham on Dec. 26, 2020.

Warrants for 52-year-old Tina Louise Parker’s arrest were issued that day. She was later indicted by a grand jury March 5 on 31 counts each of cruelty to animals and abandonment of animals and three counts of felony malicious starvation, and an order for arrest was issued March 19.

Investigators say Parker was arrested Aug. 7 by the Gastonia Police Department and transferred into the Richmond County Jail on Aug. 12.

Jail records show she also faces a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Parker is being held under a combined $160,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Richmond County Superior Court Sept. 7. Online court records show an Oct. 28 court date for a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.

Investigators say four of the dogs that were seized “adopted out to loving homes, thanks to the tireless and dedicated staff at the Richmond County Animal Shelter.”

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Parker was convicted in 1996 of possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance in Guilford County.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.