HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - A man was charged with animal cruelty after dead dogs were found inside a building in Hickory Wednesday.
Daniel Dawarren Pride, 37, was charged with 33 felony counts of animal cruelty and possession of firearm by felon, along with other charges.
The Hickory Police Department says officers were called to the 500 block of 7th Ave PL SW in reference to a suspicious vehicle. "Upon arrival, officers located multiple animals, some deceased, inside a building on the property," police say.
Most of the more than 30 dogs found were still alive but not doing well. At least three of the dogs were dead.
A vet technician says the dogs, mostly pit bulls, showed evidence of bite marks, malnutrition, and dehydration.
A man being questioned in the case recently applied for a permit to have a kennel in the empty building. In Hickory, a permit is required for those who wish to have more than five dogs. That permit had not gone through yet.
The dogs are going to the animal shelter to be evaluated. What will happen to the dogs next is unclear.
Pride is being held on $103,000 bond at the Catawba County Detention Facility. His other charges include possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
This investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Hickory police at 828-328-5551.