The wife of a man accused of shooting four pet dogs to death has been charged in Fulton County Western District Court with two felony counts of cruelty to animals.
Theresa Taylor, 63, of Bryan, was booked Tuesday at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio on the charges. Details regarding the alleged offenses were not immediately available via court records.
According to court documents, the initial complaint leading to charges was filed by Fulton County Dog Warden Brian Bannister.
“At this point I have no comment. It’s an ongoing investigation,” Bannister said.
Taylor is the owner of Theresa’s Grooming and Boarding in Archbold.
It’s unclear whether the charges are in any way related to those against her estranged husband. Williams County Prosecutor Katie Zartman, whose office filed charges against him following an investigation, had no knowledge of the charges against Theresa Taylor when reached by The Times on Wednesday.
Theresa is the wife of Phil Taylor, 54, of Bryan, who pleaded not guilty earlier this summer to four counts of felony animal cruelty in the Williams County Court of Common Pleas following allegations he shot and killed four dogs, one of which belonged to a client of the store, plus a charge of menacing and an additional charge of owning a weapon under disability.
Law enforcement authorities reported that on June 1, Taylor used a 9mm pistol to shoot the four animals following a domestic incident involving his estranged wife. The incident occurred on County Road 13, north of Bryan, at Theresa Taylor’s home.
Theresa Taylor was arraigned Wednesday morning via video from CCNO and appointed a lawyer by the court. Bond was set at $10,000 with no 10 percent payment permitted. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 11.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office indicated it had no file on the case. A call made to the Fulton County Prosecutor’s Office was not returned before press time Wednesday.