By Natalie Johnson / firstname.lastname@example.org
A Centralia man is facing two animal cruelty charges — one of which is a felony — after animal control officers found his three dogs and four parrots living in allegedly unsanitary conditions with no access to food or water.
One of the parrots, found dead in its cage, was determined to have died from starvation and dehydration.
Llewellyn A. Roy, 47, made his first appearance in Lewis County Superior Court Wednesday on one charge each of first-degree and second-degree animal cruelty.
He was granted $5,000 unsecured bail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14.
First-degree animal cruelty is a class C felony and includes the allegation that the defendant “did with criminal negligence starve, dehydrate, or suffocate an animal” causing death or substantial pain.
Second-degree animal cruelty is gross misdemeanor, alleging that the owner negligently failed to provide the animal with shelter, sanitation or medical attention, among other things.
According to court documents, the alleged offenses date back to July when a Centralia animal control officer received a report of dogs and parrots left unattended at a home in the 400 block of South Buckner Street in Centralia.
A neighbor reported hearing Roy’s dogs — two mastiffs and a bulldog — barking for hours. She checked on them and found the two mastiffs had apparent eye problems and were thin. The bulldog appeared to be in better health, according to court documents, but the neighbor could see no food or water left out for the dogs.
One of the mastiffs was reportedly in a kennel that contained several inches of compacted dog feces, according to court documents. She and another neighbor cleaned out the kennel and gave the dog, which had sores on its legs, water.
Animal control officers learned Roy was in the Lewis County Jail on an unrelated matter that is still pending. Roy reportedly told officers he wanted his parents to take care of the animals, but they refused when contacted by animal control, according to court documents.
Animal control officers then entered Roy’s home and were “hit with the stench of dirty dog, cigarettes, urine and feces,” according to court documents.
The found four large, dirty bird cages containing one parrot each. None had food or water.
One parrot, an African grey parrot, had died and was face down in the cage. Three others — another African grey, a cherry head conure and a red fronted Macaw — “looked weak,” according to court documents.
The animals were seized.
Roy reportedly told officers he only left the animals alone for a few days while he was in jail.
A vet performed a necropsy and found the dead parrot died of starvation and dehydration, which “would have taken weeks to develop,” according to court documents.