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.