September 17, 2021


affection for others

Charges dropped in felony animal cruelty case for Jacksonville groomer

An Animal House employee is under investigation after being charged with felony animal cruelty relating to a death of a dog in the business's care.

Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee announced Thursday morning that the felony animal cruelty charge related to a Jacksonville groomer at Animal House has been dropped.

Cherry Derr, 36, was arrested on Aug. 13 and charged after an initial investigation with Onslow County Animal Services claimed a 7-year-old Border Collie mix named Curry, owned by Emilee and Kevin Hanks, died in her care. 

“This office has taken this investigation seriously, as we do any crime, including those involving animal cruelty. As a prosecutor, I have an ethical duty not to proceed with prosecution when there is insufficient evidence to support the charges. Based upon the evidence before me, there is insufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to convict Derr of the offense of cruelty to animals,” said Lee.