Police Make Arrest in Animal Cruelty Case
On July 9, 2018 Animal Care and Enforcement responded to a report of Animal Cruelty in the 200 block of Bethany Road Gastonia, NC. Upon arrival the Specialist observed a black and white dog. The dog was malnourished and suffering from wounds on its head and along the spine. The wounds were in various states of healing: from scars to open wounds showing the animals bone structure.
The Animal Care and Enforcement Specialist met with the dog owner: Chris Brandon Taylor and he identified the dog as “Nova”. Taylor voluntarily signed over custody of “Nova” to Animal Care and Enforcement. “Nova” was immediately taken to a licensed veterinarian for treatment
An in-depth investigation was conducted by Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists and the Gaston County Police Criminal Investigation Unit. On August 7, 2018 Chris Brandon Taylor was charged with Felony Animal Cruelty and Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty. The Felony Animal Cruelty charge extended from maiming injures “Nova” sustained while at 200 Bethany Road Gastonia, NC. The misdemeanor charge extended from Taylor’s failure to provide adequate, food, water, and shelter for “Nova”.
The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement Division appreciates the community’s assistance with this case. Without a concerned citizen’s call “Nova” would not have gotten the help and care she received from Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement. “Nova” is currently finishing rehabilitation and will be going to a rescue group that can continue to care for her.
Animal Care and Enforcement continues to stress the importance of providing food, water, shelter, and veterinarian care to all of your animals for their health and safety.
Chris Brandon Taylor was released under a $7,500.00 bond.