The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office announced earlier this week defendants Garry Reynolds and Devon Ashby were held to answer and will stand trial for eight felony counts of animal abuse/neglect. Judge John Allen also ordered defendant Reynolds to not train or take care of animals.
Reynolds is the owner of NorCal K9 – a purported dog training company. Ashby was a trainer working for Reynolds and NorCal K9. One dog, Gunner, died in the care of Reynolds last year in Antioch.
7 other dogs under the care of NorCal K9 were also found to be under extreme duress and presenting health problems. The house used as the training facility in Antioch was kept in disarray and dogs were not able to access clean water or food.
Evidence also presented during the preliminary hearing also demonstrated that the dogs under care of NorCal K9 were fed raw and rotting chicken meat, despite being provided regular dog food from the owners as part of their boarding and training agreement with NorCal K9.
The District Atorney’s Office thanked both the Antioch Police Department and Antioch Animal Control Services for their assistance during the investigation.
Information provided by Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office