Two people have been arrested on multiple animal abuse charges after deputies and animal services responded to a report of animal cruelty in Hiddenite, authorities said.

Deputies charged Christopher Todd Bowes, 44, of Hiddenite, with three counts of felony kill animals by starvation. He received a $60,000 secured bond. Bowes first appeared in Alexander County District Court Monday and was charged with six additional counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty the same day.

He received a $10,000 secured bond, increasing his total bond to $70,000.

Kayla Dawn Adams, 26, of Stony Point, was also arrested Monday on three counts of felony kill animal by starvation and six counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. She received a $70,000 secured bond.

Adams is scheduled to appear in District Court on Dec. 2, and Bowes has an appearance set for Dec. 16.

The Alexander County Sheriff Office said deputies and Alexander County Animal Control went to a residence on Friday on Hiddenite Church Road. Animal Control found three dead dogs, along with nine others that were severely malnourished and one cat, authorities stated.

Sheriff Chris Bowman said the deceased dogs were in dog lots with one on a collar and chain.

Authorities said once Animal Control left to get a search warrant, deputies and Animal Control returned to find the three dead dogs had been buried.

Animal Control then seized all animals on the property and they were taken to a local veterinary office and evaluated, Bowman stated.

Bowman said the investigation is continuing.

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