Jan 06, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
ABC 11 NEWSFREEMONT, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Wayne County man is wanted for alleged animal cruelty.
Animal control officials are investigating what they say is a bizarre case involving dismembered animals.
Officers went to the home of Lawton Mckenzie after receiving a complaint. They found dismembered animals, a machete, knives, bowls of blood and what appeared to be a puppy's head in a plastic bag.
Animal control removed 26 living animals from the home. Officers also found a dying goat at the residence.
The goat, which was unable to move on its own, was transported to a veterinarian, who saved its life.
According to one officer, animal remains were being burned on a homemde grill. Investigators also found remains of a decapitated dog with its front paws cut off, dead snakes, a dead turtle, dead puppies and a goat head also on the grill.
Investigators also found owl remains among other unidentifiable items.
Mckenzie was in jail on unrelated charges and was bailed and then charged with animal cruelty. However, he is not in custody at this time and more charges related to the animal cruelty are possible.