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Darrell William West
Courtesy of Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

Caldwell County Man Charged In Animal Cruelty Case

60-year-old Darrell William West of Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony animal cruelty.

On Sunday (August 7) the Lenoir Police Department contacted Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement (ACE) regarding two dogs left unattended in a vehicle on Pennell Street. Lenoir Police Officers arrived to find two dogs locked in a vehicle with the windows rolled up and the vehicle not running.

The Lenoir Police Officers were able to get inside the vehicle, they found one of the dogs deceased. The Lenoir Police Officers got the other dog to shade and provided water for it. Once the second dog got some water and cooled off, it quickly ran from the officers.

Officers with Lenoir Police Department and ACE looked for the second dog but could not find it. The second dog is a small brown and black German Shepherd mix. Anyone who sees this dog should call Animal Care Enforcement at 828-757-8625.

The owner of the dogs was identified as Darrell West. He was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with the felony count. He remained in the Caldwell County Detention Center as of earlier today (August 11) under a $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday (August 10).