HILLTOP– A Fayette County man has been arrested in connection with several counts of alleged animal cruelty. Sheriff Mike Fridley and Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah released the following information concerning this arrest:
During the late-morning hours of Friday, May 5, 2017 Deputy L.A. Clay and Fayette County Animal Control Officer Russell Parker went to a residence located on Prudence Road in the Hilltop area of Fayette County to investigate a report of alleged animal cruelty. During their initial investigation they found 13 Pit Bull dogs at this residence- 9 adult dogs and 4 puppies. Three of these animals had injuries consistent with having been engaged in fights with other animals. Five of the dogs were found in a wooded area adjacent to the residence. These five dogs were fastened to heavy metal stakes with heavy log chains. The owner of these animals stated that he had only recently acquired these dogs within the last few months and was breeding them to sell the puppies. He denied any knowledge of or involvement in any type of animal fighting venture.
When Deputy Clay ran a criminal history check on the owner of these dogs he found that this individual had previously been convicted of Animal Cruelty in Fayette County in June of 2012 and had been barred from owning any domestic animals for a period of five years. He had also been convicted in 2016 of Illegal Possession of Animals. Animal Control Officer Parker seized the 13 Pit Bulls found at this residence at that time.
Following this initial investigation, Deputy Clay obtained a search warrant for this property as well as arrest warrants for the owner of the dogs. Deputy Clay and Animal Control Officer Parker, accompanied by Corporal A.E. Roberts, then returned to this residence to execute these warrants.
During the execution of the search warrant at this residence investigators found another Pit Bull concealed in a garage adjacent to the owner’s residence. They also located and seized numerous items commonly used in the process of training dogs to fight.
William Harvey Kincaid, III. was arrested and charged with 5 counts of Second Offense Animal Cruelty, 13 counts of Second Offense Illegal Possession of Animals (Dogs) in violation of a Court Order and a single count of Failing to Register a Dog or Kennel. He was arraigned in the Fayette County Magistrate Court and was released on a $10,000.00 bond posted by Walton’s Bonding Company. All of the animals seized as a result of this investigation were transported to the Fayette County Animal Shelter.
“No Animal should be subjected to the cruel and inhumane treatment that these animals were enduring,” said Sheriff Fridley. “From all of the evidence gathered at the scene, these animals were clearly being trained to engage in fights with other animals and one of these animals was reportedly recovering from a recent injury at the time of this investigation. This type of cruelty to animals will not be tolerated in Fayette County,” said Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah.
This incident remains under investigation by Corporal A.E. Roberts and Deputy L.A. Clay of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Fayette County Animal Control Officer Russell Parker. If anyone has information concerning incidents of animal cruelty they may submit information through Crime Stoppers of West Virginia, through the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or by calling (304) 574-4216. All tips received will be investigated.