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Sheriff's Office: No charges to be filed in dog spa investigation

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Mar 05 2014 12:25:27 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 10 2014 06:16:19 PM CDT
WILMINGTON, NEW HANOVER COUNTY -

(Editor's Note: The dog's owners say the dog is doing well.)

Authorities announced Monday that no charges will be filed in the investigation of a photo showing a dog hanging from its leash.

The New Hanover Sheriff's Office stated that its deputies have concluded their investigation into alleged animal cruelty at Olga's Dog Spa in Wilmington. That business was where the above photo was reportedly taken.

According to the Sheriff's Office, investigators looked into all the parties involved. After the case was reviewed by District Attorney's Office, it was determined that any possible charges have exceeded the statute of limitations. The owner of the dog spa, Olga Littleton, said a former employee hung the dog up and took the photo five years ago.

As a result, no charges will be filed in this investigation, deputies said.

Littleton said the dog was not hung by his neck; rather, he was hung by a harness. The dog was not hurt, according to Littleton, who added that she immediately reprimanded the former employee who was responsible.

The dog's owners recently told authorities that the dog is doing well.

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The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is investigating a pet grooming business after a photo of a dog hanging from its leash surfaced on social media.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the Animal Services Unit is investigating Olga's Dog Spa in Wilmington, where the animal abuse allegedly happened.

Authorities said they were notified on Wednesday of the above photo, which had been posted on Facebook. The New Hanover Sheriff's Office has assigned a detective to determine if criminal charges should be filed.

The photo shows a dog hanging from its leash wrapped around a beam. According to ABC affiliate WWAY, the owner of Olga's Dog Spa --Olga Littleton (pictured)-- told deputies a former employee hung the dog up and took the photo five years ago.

Littleton identified that former employee as Tim Suggs. She said she immediately reprimanded Suggs when she turned around and saw what happened.

Littleton said the dog was not hung by his neck; rather, he was hung by a harness. The dog was not hurt and is alive and well, according to Littleton.

An employee at the business told WWAY that Suggs loved that dog, named Vinny, and took the photo as a joke. The employee said Vinny had a lot of energy, so Suggs made a cape for the dog.  Suggs may have taken the photo as a part of that joke, the employee said.

Littleton told WWAY that she fired Sugg over the weekend because he allegedly stole money from the business. Littleton said when she told Suggs she would press charges, he posted the above photo as revenge.

The photo has prompted people from across the country and even in Canada to call Olda's Dog Spa in anger.

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For more information, visit WWAY.