City man faces more charges of animal cruelty in dead-dogs case

Becky Campbell • Apr 5, 2014 at 8:20 AM

A Johnson City man cited on one animal cruelty charge after a puppy was found alive, but buried under five dead dogs in a trash can, now faces more charges.

Gary Eugene Bailey, 50, 2905 Park Ave., was actually served with the first charge while he was in jail on another charge. Now he is charged with five additional counts of animal cruelty.

The dead animals were discovered after Bailey’s arrest in an unrelated case. Animal control officers continued an investigation about the five dead dogs.

Debbie Dobbs, director of the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter, said there was not enough evidence initially to charge Bailey. But as the case proceeded and officers discovered more information — including a person who said Bailey said he planned to kill the dogs — that Bailey was responsible for the deaths before his arrest on the unrelated charges.

As Bailey was taken to jail that day in March, he asked someone to contact a friend and have her get his keys and take care of his dogs. The woman called animal control after going to Bailey’s home and finding the dead dogs.

There were 10 other dogs at Bailey’s residence that a neighbor was going to take care of until Bailey got out of jail, but that situation changed, Dobbs said.

Now those animals are being cared for at the animal shelter. Dobbs said they are in good condition, so Bailey does not face charges related to those 10 dogs.

Bailey’s next court date on six counts of animal cruelty is May 8.

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