Update: magistrate looking at possible charges in the case now. Animal Control says if that happens the dogs will be considered as evidence and held until a judge decides what happens to them.
Update: just learned these are American Bully dogs being sold through Kash Line Kennels. The owner’s girlfriend says the dogs were not mistreated and that the puppies were bred and for sale between 300-2500 dollars. The dogs had been inside the building for only one day. The girlfriend says the dogs did have their shots.
Breaking Hickory- police seizing dozen of dogs from a kennel. Officers say some are severely malnourished and have multiple bite marks. Several dead dogs also found inside the building. One man in custody with charges pending. This story is still developing.
After they arrived, officers said they found Page as well as several malnourished dogs with bite marks inside the building.
As he was being led in handcuffs to jail, Page told NBC Charlotte that he owned the dog as part of his breeding business called KASH LINE Kennels.
"I'm not a monster and I don't want to be looked at as such," Page said. "I wasn't abusive. I took on a little bit more than I could handle."
He and his family insisted he's a responsible dog owner, and the community could vouch for his reputation as a dog owner.
In addition to the animal cruelty charges, police charged Pride with possession of a firearm by felon, felony possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He remains in the Catawba County Jail under a $103,000 bond; he will appear in court Thursday morning to formally request for a judge to reduce his bond.
The dogs are at the county shelter where they'll likely be kept as evidence in the case.