A Pike County man appeared in Pike County Common Pleas Court Monday for a preliminary hearing on charges of Cruelty to Companion Animals.
62 year old Wyndan Skye of 379 Wynn Road, Piketon, was arrested Saturday January 28th after the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint of animal cruelty at the Wynn Road address.
Skye asked for a continuance so he could obtain an attorney.
He will be back in court Wednesday February 15th.
Sheriff Tracy D. Evans said a search warrant was executed at the Skye’s premises and when deputy’s arrived, a canine was discovered tied to a tractor nearby the roadway that appeared to have been beaten and was deceased.
Deputies located 80 other dogs on the property that were in various states of malnutrition/emaciated condition and over 40 deceased dogs along with several deceased chickens and one live pig.
Skye, was taken into custody and arrested for Cruelty to Companion Animals, a Felony of the Fifth Degree. The Ross County Humane Society, Pike County Humane Agents, Pet Pals volunteers, Fayette County Sheriffs Office, and along with Pike County Commissioner Jeff Chattin all arrived on scene to assist with this investigation. Many of these animals were taken to remote locations to provide care and medical assessment by a veterinarian.
The investigation is ongoing and has been submitted to the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office.
Assistantant Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Davis told NWSO that Mr. Skye is now facing an additional charge of tampering with evidence.
According to Davis, he plans to present the case to the next term of Pike County Grand Jury.
Mr. Skye remains in jail. Bond has been increased to $70,000.