MONROE, N.C. -- Police were tipped by a couple in a hot-air balloon about a
large number of dogs at a Union County home, leading to the seizure of 36
pit bulls in one of the county's largest dog-related cases.
The dogs were taken last week at the house in Indian Trail, said county
sheriff's Lt. Michelle Starnes. The dogs probably will be euthanized,
The dog owner is Stanley Max Plowman Jr., 26, who said he boards, breeds and
sells pit bulls. The case still is being investigated and no charges have