A Hickory man has just been charged with over 30 felonies in connection to Wednesday morning’s animal cruelty incident.
Hickory Police arrested 37-year-old Daniel Dawarren Pride of Hickory on 33 felony counts of animal cruelty, possession of firearm by felon, possession with intent to sell marijuana, maintain vehicle/dwelling for controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pride is currently being held on $103,000 bond at the Catawba County Detention Facility, according to a press release.
Yesterday morning Hickory Police responded to 535 7th Ave PL SW in reference to a suspicious vehicle. When the officers arrived, they discovered multiple neglected animals, with some deceased, inside a building on the property.
Pride’s girlfriend said that Daniel was running a legitimate American Bully breeding business out of the rented house in Hickory. She said that he was selling the dogs from $300-$2,500 each and that all of the dogs were registered and properly taken care of.
According to police and local reporters, however, this was far from the truth.
DOGS RESCUED: These are just a couple of the dogs Hickory Police rescued from an abandoned building off 535 7th Ave PL SW. There were more than two dozen dogs and puppies inside, three deceased. They had bite marks, were malnourished, with little heat. pic.twitter.com/Yo7kWJU4Vy
— Caroline Fountain (@FountainFox46) January 3, 2018
Officers are continuing the investigation at this time.
If you have any additional information about Daniel Pride or his operation, please contact Hickory Police at (828) 328-5551 or Sgt. L. Miller directly at 828-261-2605 or [email protected]