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Videos of animal torture lead to cruelty charges against Winston-Salem man, authorities say

Videos of animal torture lead to cruelty charges against Winston-Salem man, authorities say

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Dewald, Caleb Daniel


A Winston-Salem man faces charges of animal cruelty after investigators linked him to videos that showed him abusing and killing small animals, authorities said.

Caleb Daniel Dewald, 19, was arrested Friday and charged with four counts of felony animal cruelty, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said. Dewald was being held Friday in the Forsyth County Jail with his bond set at $7,500, the sheriff's office said.

Dewald is scheduled to appear in court on July 29.

Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County received a tip June 29 that a Winston-Salem man was trapping, torturing and killing small animals, and then posting videos showed his actions on social media.

The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals provided investigators videos showing a man abusing the animals, the sheriff's office said. Investigators said they then linked Dewald to those actions.

Anyone with information about the investigation can call the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office at 336-727-2112 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800 or its Spanish-language line at 336-728-3904.

Anonymous text tips, photos and videos can be submitted to the Text-A-tip at 336-920-8477.

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