NC man charged with burying dog alive

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    SHELBY, NC (AP) — A Cleveland County man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he tried to bury his dog alive.

    The Shelby Star reports that 38-year-old Sean Davis of Kings Mountain was arrested Monday by sheriff’s deputies.

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    County Animal Control Supervisor Tripp Bowling says Davis had become convinced his dog had been poisoned.

    Bowling says the man buried the German shepherd mix’s head in a shallow hole and packed its nose and mouth with dirt.

    Animal control officers took the dog to a veterinarian, but it had to be euthanized. Bowling says the animal was too dehydrated to test whether it had been poisoned.

    Davis is being held in the Cleveland County jail on a $10,000 bond. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.