Chapel Hill, N.C. — An Orange County man was arrested on Friday on animal cruelty charges as 57 dogs and puppies were seized from two properties during the execution of a search warrant.
Taylor Doar, 35, was arrested on Friday. He was charged with one count of felony cruelty to animals. Another warrant was sworn and other charges are possible, officials said.
Investigators said they also had a warrant for the same felony cruelty to animals charge against Doar’s mother, Cynthia Riggan, 65. She was expected to turn herself in later Friday.
Working with Orange County Animal Services Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office executed the search warrant at two properties off Alexander Drive. The search warrant was carried out after Animal Control received information on Oct. 9 of malnourished animals, parasitic infestations, and unsanitary conditions in the dogs. Animal Control officers investigated at the residences, which they were familiar with as properties that kenneled and bred dogs.
According to Bob Marotto, Animal Services Director, the dogs will be given complete medical evaluations and treated as necessary.
“They will be held at our facility as we go through the legal process,” Marotto said in a press release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. “If they become the property of Orange County, we will take all reasonable measures to ensure the animals have long lives and are appropriately rehomed if the case is decided in our favor.”
Published at Fri, 11 Oct 2019 22:23:18 +0000