RSS Feeds

Md. man charged with 134 counts of animal cruelty

Friday - 10/19/2012, 3:34am  ET

A kinkajou resembles a ferret. This is not the kinkajou that was seized. (

PASADENA, Md. (AP) - A 21-year-old man has been charged with 134 counts of animal cruelty after numerous creatures, including a kinkajou and a chinchilla, were removed from his Pasadena home.

The Capital of Annapolis (, citing court documents, reports that Shane Taylor was served a criminal warrant on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, police and animal control officers searched Taylor's home and found aquatic species, snakes, dogs, turtles, birds, chickens and geese, a goat and a pig. A kinkajou, a rainforest animal that resembles a ferret, was also removed.

Officials say many of the animals were without food or drinking water.

A dead rabbit and several dead quail were also found.


Information from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md.,

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)