HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WHNS) – A Henderson County man who was not allowed to have any animals while on probation was found with nine dead dogs and 11 other animals on Thursday, according to deputies.
Henderson County animal control officers were called to Jeffrey Landers’ home by probation officers after they discovered animals at the property, deputies said.
Deputies said Landers, 40, was convicted on misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in February and part of the judgment was that he not own any animals while on probation.
Animal enforcement officers found nine dogs still locked in kennels and small dog carriers. Deputies said they were in various stages of decomposition, located in an outbuilding on the property.
Landers kept the dogs locked up and deprived them of food and care, causing their deaths, according to arrest reports. He failed to properly bury the dogs along with 10 types of dead birds.
Officers also found alive animals that belonged to Landers – six cockatiels, a lovebird, an African Grey parrot, two dogs and a rabbit. They were taken to the county animal shelter to be kept safe and evaluated.
Landers was charged with nine felony counts of cruelty to animals and two misdemeanor charges for failing to dispose of dead domesticated animals and one count of probation violation.
Landers is being held in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $46,000 bond.