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Crimestoppers: Female Suspect Wanted for Animal Cruelty

By October 1, 2020Press Releases

Columbia Police Department (CPD) officers are searching for a female who is wanted in connection with an animal cruelty case.

Officers have outstanding arrest warrants for Kimberly Nelson (DOB: 2-1-1978). Once located and arrested, she will be charged with Two Counts of Animal Cruelty. Nelson is accused of not properly carrying for two dogs, a Pitbull and a Lhasa Apso at a Wilkes Road home. The arrest warrants have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

According to the City of Columbia’s Animal Control officer, both dogs were extremely emaciated and in need of immediate medical attention. The dogs were  evaluated by the City’s veterinarian and were classified as being in the ‘worst’ medical condition.  During the exam, it was discovered that the Pitbull had digestive issues after eating dirt and grass to stay alive.  Also, the Lhasa Apso was covered in dirty, matted fur. The dogs continue to receive medical treatment.

Good news though, personnel at the City’s Animal Service Center says both dogs will likely be up for adoption once the medical treatment is completed. Call (803) 776-7387 if you would like to give the dogs a ‘furever’ home.

Police Chief W. H. “Skip” Holbrook encourages citizens with information about Nelson’s whereabouts to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.

LOG onto:, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.

DOWNLOAD the new P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.

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