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No charges filed in viral dog photo case


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- No charges will be filed against anyone involved in a viral photo that showed a dog hanging from a leash at a New Hanover County dog grooming business.

New Hanover County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says the agency conducted a thorough investigation with everyone involved in the allegations of animal cruelty involving Olga's Dog Spa. Brewer says the District Attorney's Office reviewed the case, but any possible charges had exceeded the statute of limitations. Brewer would not comment on whether charges would have been filed if the statue of limitations had not yet run out.

Business owner Olga Littleton and another witness said the picture was taken about five years ago by Tim Suggs, who worked for Littleton at the time. Littleton fired Suggs for allegedly stealing from her days before he posted the photo on Facebook last week. We've tried to talk with Suggs, but he has not responded.

Brewer says the owner of the dog in the picture told detectives very positive things about Littleton and her business. According to Brewer, the owner says the dog, name Vinnie, is doing well and living the high life.

Brewer also says rumors that the dog belonged to a law enforcement officer were not true.

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This was years ago. Who's to say this hasn't happened more often? This was just one incident- who knows how many more have happened?

Yeah....who's to say this

Yeah....who's to say this kind of thing doesn't happen at every dog spa in Wilmington or as far as that goes who's to say it doesn't happen in every Veterinarian's office??



Will you please post a photo of Tim Suggs.

Yes, post a photo of TIm Suggs

I would love to see a photo of this redneck piece of garbage. That way if I ever see him at another grooming facility, my dog and I can run the other way.

not at my house

Statue of limitations has run out? Not at my house.


As horrible as this story has been, it's a shame that news spent this much time on a 5 year old incident, outside of any statute of limitations. I'm glad to hear the dog is doing well. Where is the owner of the dog? Had it been my dog, this would have been resolved a long time ago, the least of which would have been a civil action!

Waste of time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brewer could have commented on this from the very beginning. They all knew that they could not charge any crimes. Why waste to tax payers money on a non investigative crime. A picture that was five years old. HUH?????

Needed Covering

It's unfortunate that STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS came into play. I predicted it all along. Even without, I doubt anything would have been done.

Still, the truth needed to come out. That she allowed a dog to be treated that way without reprimand and police involvement is beyond ridiculous. That the owner is perfectly okay with it, even worse. So what the dog was in a harness? What if the harness broke? That dog had an angel on its shoulder. A caring owner would have been livid. There are too many pet owners in name only.