According to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, during the late-morning hours of Friday, May 5, 2017 deputies and Fayette County Animal Control went to a home 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 home - nine adult dogs and four puppies.
Three of these animals had injuries consistent with having been engaged in fights with other animals.
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.
PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY IN 2012
When deputies 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.
VIOLATED HIS PROBATION IN 2016
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.
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 five counts of Second Offense Animal Cruelty, 13 counts of Second Offense Illegal Possession of Animals 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 bond.
All of the animals seized as a result of this investigation were transported to the Fayette County Animal Shelter.
The case remains under investigation.
Fayette County Deputies have filed additional charges against William Kincaid who was charged with animal cruelty yesterday (5/5).
Tonight (5/6) upon returning to his residence they found another dog concealed in his garage. Along with that, they found a breaking stick with what appeared to be fresh blood on it which they believe he used while training dogs to fight.
Deputies have taken the dogs to a vet and arraigned Kincaid. He was released on a $10,000 bond.
(WeAreWVProud.com - May 6, 2017)