RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & 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.