Pet store owners reopen business
By Shelley Smith
SALISBURY ó David and Angela Lore are out of jail and back to work at their pet store, Pet Place, one week after being arrested on 13 charges, including child abuse and animal cruelty.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Rowan County Department of Social Services and Rowan County Sheriffís Office.
Angela Lore said Thursday afternoon sheís ěnot the bestî sheís ever been, but the familyís pet store, Pet Place, was back in business. The Lores posted $20,500 of their $250,000 bonds Wednesday afternoon. They declined to talk about the pending charges.
Detectives and a DSS caseworker found the Loresí four children had been living in the familyís Rockwell home with three malnourished dogs, at least one dead and decaying animal in the home, animal feces ground into the carpet, and a roach infestation, with roaches in the childrenís beds.
The four children ó ages 7, 9, 14 and 16 ó had never been enrolled in public school and are now living with family.
The Lores each face four counts of child abuse and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
They also face three counts apiece of animal cruelty.
Their next appearance in court is scheduled for April 6.