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County Animal Services Investigation Leads to Drug Bust

NEW HANOVER CTY - On April 24, 2014, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit responded to the home of Mishawna Rembert at 4217 Parmele Road to take custody of a dog due to a dangerous dog violation.  While on scene Animal Services checked the welfare of the remaining dogs in her possession. 
Ms. Rembert was given a week to take her animals to a veterinarian to be examined due to the dogs appearing to be malnourished and in need of veterinary care. She was cited on a civil citation for manner of keeping and treating as well as health and welfare.  A cruelty notice was also issued to her due to their condition.
On April 29, 2014 Animal Services Officers returned to Rembert’s residence for follow up on the health and welfare on her dogs. Upon arrival the Animal Services Officers noticed a strong odor of ammonia and feces coming out of the residence and found little to no improvement. It was determined by Animal Services that Ms. Rembert had failed to comply with the cruelty notice by not seeking veterinary care for the dogs. 
Due to her continued negligence she was issued a state citation for misdemeanor animal cruelty. Ms. Rembert was also given the opportunity to sign the dogs over to Animal Services or risk having them seized due to the issued charge. Ms. Rembert stated she would not sign the dogs over to Animal Services therefore a Search and Seizure Warrant was applied for based on the condition of the animals.
On May 1, 2014 a search and seizure warrant was issued in order to take possession of the 2 adult dogs and 4 puppies that were in the home. The Vice and Narcotics Unit were also on scene to assist due to the apparent drug paraphernalia around and inside of the home.
Once inside the home they found the floor covered with feces and a strong odor of ammonia along with drug paraphernalia. Detectives obtained consent to search the residence. During the search 31 bags of heroin and .22 caliber pistol were recovered.
The animals were still in need of veterinary care and living in unacceptable conditions.   Officials immediately took custody of the animals and turned over the remaining scene and investigation to Vice and Narcotics.  Animal Service Unit is currently working with the District Attorney’s Office in attempt to increase the misdemeanor animal cruelty to a felony.
Mishawna Marie Rembert is a 25 year old white female. She was charged with one count of felony Possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of felony  Maintain a dwelling for controlled substance, one count of misdemeanor Possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture Sale Distribute (PWIMSD) Heroin.
She was placed under a $75,000.00 secure bond at the New Hanover County Jail.
Source: New Hanover County.