Reno man arrested for allegedly killing several small dogs

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Updated: 7/10/2014 7:52 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A Reno man has been arrested on charges of alleged animal cruelty after animal remains were discovered in his motel room. 24-year-old Jason Shilo Brown is being accused of killing several small dogs at the motel in south Reno.

According to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, the investigation is ongoing, but they believe no one else was involved. The biggest question detectives are investigating is why. "Because at this point we have a lot of unknown questions," said Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek. "But again, he is in custody and we don't any reason to believe there was anyone else out there involved in this particular case."

Brown was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of animal cruelty. He is being charged with five felony counts of willful torture of an animal. The incident happened at the Super 8 motel off south Virginia Street, across from the Meadowood Mall.

Employees notified police Tuesday after seeing the unthinkable. "Upon arriving there, along with animal control officers, they located several dismembered dogs inside the room," said Kuzanek.

Kuzanek said it is unknown where the dogs came from. "Our investigators are working through that process, trying to determine where he was able to obtain these animals and we’ll let you know when we figure that out."

Thanks to Cooney's Law, signed by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2011, cruelty to animals always carries a felony charge, so Brown could potentially face up to 35 years in prison. "The five felony counts individually could result in penalties up to seven years in prison a piece," said Kuzanek.

Brown has also been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance. Kuzanek said this case is a big priority for the Sheriff's Office. "We're going to resolve this case and we're going to continue to protect animals and try to prevent animal cruelty in every way that we can going forward."

Brown is currently being held in the Washoe County Jail and his bail has been set at $55,000. Kuzanek said it is unknown when the case will be concluded and no court date has been set.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
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cjdeporter - 7/11/2014 3:42 PM
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The Undersheriff just said that they prosecute every case of animal cruelty, but there is another case that is falling through the cracks! What about the puppy that was found abandoned and left for dead behind a motel the day after Christmas? I was the person who found it, and called the police. I will remember that for the rest of my life! I have only received 2 phone calls from investigators since it happened. And I have yet to hear the consequence of this "man's" actions! The puppy was estimated at 5 months old, and the emergency vet said that it was likely that the puppy was never fed once, and was never let out of its carrier. The puppy was so far gone when I found him, left in the carrier, with its upper body out on the cold concrete! WHERE'S THE JUSTICE FOR HIM?!?!

LindaD - 7/11/2014 2:08 PM
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This is sickening! This man is grossly insane and should just be put to death. What a waste of a human being. Make him suffer as the helpless dogs did. Nothing is worse or more cowardly then abuse of children, elderly and animals.

sierra11 - 7/11/2014 9:08 AM
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@tahoenvy, sorry I love dogs. I just have a higher concern for people and their kids.

Tahoenvy - 7/11/2014 7:36 AM
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I guess the 5 dogs don't count huh Sierra11?

sierra11 - 7/10/2014 9:53 PM
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sierra11 - 7/10/2014 9:16 PM
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A sociopath kills animals first, then moves on to more larger and dangerous animals. Good thing they nailed this guy before someone really got hurt!

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