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Couple arrested after dog found eating gutted puppy

READ MORE: Disturbing Animal Cruelty Case in Carteret County

NEWPORT, NC (WCTI) -- Deputies arrested two people on animal cruelty charges after finding a dog eating the leg of another.

Carteret County deputies have arrested Gina Marie Alfano, 43, and Kevin John Diers, 52, of 618 East Branch Drive in Newport after investigators found a black dog eating the leg of an eight-week-old puppy that had been previously skinned and gutted.

Deputies and animal control officers responded Tuesday to the home of the Newport couple on Tuesday after a complaint from an anonymous source. Once there, deputies received consent to look in their storage building and were shocked at what they observed.

In was inside the shed where they found the puppy carcass. Further investigation revealed the puppy’s internal organs and meat had been fed to the other dogs.

The remains of the puppy have been collected for further analysis to determine how it was killed. Upon further examination of the shed, another dog was found dead in a cage and was also taken away.

Alfano and Diers were both charged with cruelty to animals and failing to dispose of a deceased domesticated animal. Both subjects each posted a $25,000 bond and were released from the Carteret County Jail.

Both were set to have a first appearance in court on Thursday.

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they look evil, how could

they look evil, how could you do that to a defenseless puppy, I pray they don't have kids, who knows what could happen to them........



There is no hope for rehabilitation for these two heinous abusers, nor redemption: Save taxpayer dollars and simply "put them both to sleep"... to couch it in the vernacular!

The only thing that needs to

The only thing that needs to happen to them is to kill them and that goes for all humans who abuse/torture another person or an animal. We do not need human trash like this on this planet. They only cause pain and suffering and as far as I am concerned should be killed. I have no sympathy for trash like this anymore. I couldn't care less if they died and I would never ever help anyone like this.

Link to pictures of The dead puppy....

Follow this link to photos of the puppy found on another site, be forewarned, the photos are graphic and very disturbing.

Does this look like the work of someone who loves animals and who is a good person, as written by someone named Jenni and the neighbor?  These people are not only sick individuals who need to be punished for what they did to this puppy but also for what they are doing to their children by subjecting children to such heinous acts.  From the photos, this appears to be a pit bull puppy.  And look at the cuts made to the carcass, very straight cuts through bone, only opening the moist entrails and bloodiest parts.  Prior to seeing photos, I wondered if they had a puppy die to starvation and were feeding it to other dogs who were starving to death....   Then I saw the pictures.  If that was the case, they would have skinned the entire animal, exposing the shoulder meat and everything else, like you do when skinning a deer.  One look at the pictures told a different story.  This puppy was fed to the other dogs to get the taste of blood  in them, to make them want to fight and kill other dogs.  Im not a betting person, but I'd be willing to bet that the other dogs that were eating the puppy and it's entrails were also pit bulls.  That's why they were feeding the nasty bloody insides to the other dogs.  These people are despicable. I only hope the puppy was killed swiftly and not tortured to death.  I have been around pit bulls and other bully breeds my whole life....I love the breed.  I hate what some people do to them.  Regretfully, I have seen stuff like this before.  While the bond is higher than for some cases involving child molestation and hard street drugs, I feel the bond is not nearly high enough for until something is done to severely punish people like this, and other animal cruelty cases, it will continue to happen.  And once again, I bring up the question of the children.....what have the children of these people been subjected to and seen if these people think nothing of skinning and killing a puppy and feeding it to other dogs.  As a couple people have mentioned, animal torture is an early sign of warning in the case of many serial killers.  This is an unspeakable crime, and needs to be dealt with in the strictest manner.  However, given the current state of our justice system, I will not be surprised if they simply get a slap on the wrist and their crime swept under the rug.....  

Before posting any more comments defending these people, look at the photos of this puppy.....a picture is worth a thousand words....

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not pitbulls

just goes to show you do not know what you are talking about because they where not pit bulls, the puppy not the other dog that was accused of eating the puppy, the puppy is a lab not a pitbull! and the pictures clearly show that it is not a pit bull! so you dont know jack except what the reporters say! and that is never the whole truth just what will make a story!

Yes, pictures are worth a

Yes, pictures are worth a thousand words. Take a look at the photos, there is something not right about them. Police would not release them for one and they looked photo shopped. Most likely from activists. I will add that this story is heartbreaking and I hope they get what they deserve.


yes how about that someone that knows the law and what they are talking are right, the cops did not release those pictures......they are not allowed to

I know......

I know what they did is bad, but a $25,000 bond get real. I have seen people who sexually assult children or who sell cocaine and heroin get less bond than this. It shows just how lopsided our justice system is, when people who did far worse things can get a low bail or ROR.

LOL.. you know what they did

LOL.. you know what they did was bad?

Do you also know they are sociopaths?

Animal Cruelty

In my opinion there bond is not high enough! Its definitely unfortunate that other criminals get 'lower' bonds, but this is a case of a lost life!...The other criminals you mentioned had bad offenses for sure, but did not take the life of another...We all know justice is never properly dealt out. Thats just how the world has become...When The Lord returns, we will all undeniably KNOW TRUE JUSTICE!!! As for these people though, it is what it is! I completely agree that mothers who willingly kill or abort their CHILDREN (LIVES OF INNOCENCE) should have to stand before a judge or be jailed as these two will do!!! Apparently though, the lives of dogs are more important than that of humans...God Bless this world. HE IS OUR ONLY SOURCE FOR JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

religeous nutss

it's really getting old. keep your religous beliefs within your church and your home. It's really amusing how you nuts can take any topic and turn it into your own little soap box. like say a story about animal cruelty somehow becomes about your opinion of abortion.


So you are saying the life of an animal is on the same level as that of a human being. You can not even justify that through the Bible. While it was curel and just plain disgusting. a person killed by drugs supplied by a criminal does not rise to the same level as killing an animal.

How about

taking them down to Carolina Beach Road to the Zoo just before feeding time. Put each in a cage with one of the Big Cats.

Return the next day and collect the skeletons for use at the ECU School of Medicine.

I don't reckon there are

I don't reckon there are really words adequate enough to describe how disturbing this is. It's despicable.

Animal cruelty

What does animal cruelty have ANYTHING to do with unborn humans?


Because too many people care more about animals than they do humans! Screw the animals, save the babies.

Is there a competition? You

Is there a competition? You can't care about both? Get back in the trailer and hush..

you dont know this people

all you people that are saying rude things you dont know this people they have not been convicted and when they are found not guilty you all will feel like scum for bashing there names i dont live in this state but i have known these people my whole life dont open your month when u dont know the whole story

your twisted just like them

your twisted just like them post office trash

they definately don't care

they definately don't care about their animals--if they couldn't feed them they should have sought help but this doesn't sound like the case and furthermore if I actually knew them I would never admit it. the zoo could use some fresh meat--eye for an eye.

i dont care who they are its

i dont care who they are its discusting and i hope they get wuts coming to them!

To Jenni

It appears that YOU don't know these people!

no and really dont care to!

no and really dont care to!

where is the outrage for

where is the outrage for millions of unborn HUMANS?

You sit there and worry

You sit there and worry about unborn children when the world is already full of starving people and other human trash abuse animals. I guess you have no problem with that because you probably are so arrogant you think any other animal than the human animal is disposable garbage. You are exactly why I hate most people and care for animals. I would rather help an animal in need especially when I read in the news everyday the atrocities that many humans do to others, animals and the environment. Many humans are arrogant, selfish, uncaring idiots who don't deserve anything!!!!!

Animal cruelty

First of all, Animal cruelty is the subject here. If you want to discuss abortion, there are plenty of anti-abortion sites on the internet. your comment makes absolutely no sense when it comes to a slain puppy being fed to other dogs. Lets try to stay on track. This couple in my opinion are not humans. I can only wish that they were never even "born".

Dear Outraged:

Where is the outrage for the babies already here? Funny how Christians, Republicans, men what have you are all about the rights of the unborn only to drop the ball, i.e. cut funding, when the little darlings get here.

I have never understood the whole drive to have one's own child when there are millions of children out there just waiting for a good home. If you really loved children as you say you do, you'd want to take care of the ones already here and not worry about adding more ones to be starved, abused, and dumped into the system.

(I am not pro-abortion mind you, but pro-quality-of-life. I would rather birth control and the morning after pill be more readily available.)

Eye for an eye

People like this DISGUST ME. I have NO sympathy for them, I think they should have the same thing done to them. They are SO WEAK that they have to torture a defenseless animal and desecrate its body, they can't pick on someone their own size. They deserve EVERY awful thing that ever happens to them. I HOPE that someone in Carteret county finds them on the street and gives them what they have coming to them in pain, anguish, and torture, TEN FOLD. SICK SICK SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where's a rope and a tall tree when you need one?

Probably the post disturbing thing I've read all day. The sad thing is the laws protecting animals in this state (and country) are so lax they'll probably get a slap on the wrist. Of course it's not like there's a direct link between people that abuse animals and serial killers...oh wait...there is.


Why were they only given a 25,000 dollar bond? There is no telling the unspeakable pain and suffering that poor puppy went through before dying.....