ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A father and daughter are facing multiple charges after several dogs were found dead or starving at a home in Alexander County.
The investigation began Friday when deputies went to a home on Hiddenite Church Road for reports of animal cruelty. There, deputies say they found three deceased dogs inside dog lots along with nine other dogs and a cat that were “severely malnourished.”
When officials left to get a search warrant, they say the deceased dogs were quickly buried while they were gone. Animal Control then seized all animals on the property and they were taken to a local veterinarian’s office to be evaluated.
Christopher Todd Bowes, 44, was arrested at the scene and charged with three counts of felony killing an animal by starvation. On Monday, Bowes was additionally charged with six counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, deputies said, “for six of the dogs being unlawfully and willfully deprived of necessary sustenance.”
Kayla Dawn Adams, 26, was also arrested on Monday and charged with three counts of felony killing an animal by starvation and six counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Both Bowes and Adams are being held on a $70,000 bond each.
As Bowes was taken into the sheriff’s office he didn’t want to answer reporter’s questions except to say one word as to whether he was responsible for what happened.
“No,” Bowes said.
His daughter Kayla also denied being involved, but had just a little more to say.
“I had somebody to take care of them for me,” Adams said.
She did not elaborate about what happened with that or why she didn’t feed the dogs herself.
The survivors are being nursed back to health at the animal shelter. Officials there say their hope is that they will recover and be socialized to the point that they can be adopted or given to a rescue group.
No further information has been released.