Gold Hill woman faces 35 animal cruelty charges

  • Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013 10:42 a.m.

GOLD HILL — Authorities have charged a Gold Hill woman — nearly a month after charging her companion — with 35 misdemeanor animal cruelty charges on failing to feed and properly care for dogs, kittens and a parrot at their mobile home.

Peggy Earnhardt Bost, 64, who lives in the 13000 block of N.C. 52, was served with a criminal summons Friday evening after a complaint from Rowan County Animal Control. Her companion, Troy Houston Autry, 49, also of the same address, was issued a summons Feb. 21 on the same charges.

Bost and Autry are scheduled to appear in district court on April 2, court records said.

Animal Control officials have said there were 42 animals at the Gold Hill property, but Autry surrendered seven animals to officers. The home was said to be in an unsanitary condition. An animal control supervisor said in February the floor was soaked with urine and covered in animal feces. The claims have been denied by both Autry and Bost. The animals remain at the Rowan County Animal Shelter.

Nearly 10 years ago, law enforcement officials investigated the home, and its owner, Bost, for animal cruelty. In 2002, Bost was convicted on multiple charges of mistreating animals. Many of those animals were dogs. She was again charged with animal cruelty in March 2003, while on probation.

See more in Tuesday’s Post.

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