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Former deputy, EMS worker charged with animal cruelty in Cleveland Co

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A former Cleveland County sheriff's deputy who worked in the detention center and a Cleveland County EMS worker are both facing several animal cruelty charges.

Thomas and Courtney Brigman are charged with seven counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals, four counts of failing to dispose of or bury livestock, and two counts of felony starvation.

Thomas Brigman is a former sheriff's deputy who recently worked at the detention center, and Courtney Brigman is an EMS. There is no word if she is still with the agency.

Sheriff Alan Norman said he recently found out about the investigation and Thomas Brigman was fired within 36 hours.

"We were contacted and after a swift investigation he was terminated from the Sheriff's Office," said Norman.

The sheriff said the charges came after deceased animals for found at a home on the 3200 block of Crowder Ridge Road. Norman did not give further details about those animals.

Both Brigmans posted a $10,000 bond each after they were booked.

Animal Control in Cleveland County was the lead agency in the investigation.

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