A Fort Bragg soldier charged with animal cruelty and neglect after authorities say a dog was found dead and locked in a cage in his former apartment made his first court appearance Tuesday at the Cumberland County Detention Center.
Wearing an orange jumpsuit, Demareo Jones, 21, stood before District Court Judge April Smith, who increased Jones’ bail from $10,000 to $50,000.
If Jones is able to post bail, Smith ordered him not to have any contact with animals, including fish. . .
On Dec. 27, officials at the apartment community where Jones formerly lived conducted a final walk-through of his apartment.
They found a dead black lab-mix puppy weighing 7 pounds locked inside a cage, according to the Spring Lake Police Department. (Read more from “Soldier Forgets About Dog in Military Housing, Judge Orders Custody, Increases Bail to $50,000” HERE)