Sheriff: TV reporter assaulted in North Carolina while covering story of kennel fined for animal abuse | State and Area News

A Thomasville, North Carolina kennel owner and another man were charged with attacking a WGHP/Fox 8 photojournalist on Thursday afternoon, possibly breaking his jaw. The photojournalist was working on a story about the kennel fined $1,400 for alleged dog abuse.

Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons said Friday that Zachary Ryan Everhart, 35, and Marshall Lee Everhart, 57, were both charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm, larceny, robbery in law common, second degree kidnapping and two counts of damage to personal property.

Simmons said Zachary Everhart is one of the owners of Pretty Paws Country Club, which specializes in dog boarding, grooming and daycare. Simmons said he thought Zachary Everhart and Marshall Everhart were related but didn’t know how.

Simmons said the assault allegedly took place at 12:15 p.m. Thursday. According to the arrest warrants for Marshall Everhart, the photojournalist was Derrick Deon Reid. Reid’s LinkedIn page indicates that he has worked for WGHP/Fox 8 since 2018.

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Jim Himes, vice president and general manager of WGHP/Fox 8, declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation. He cited federal medical confidentiality laws in declining to comment on Reid’s condition.

According to WGHP/Fox 8 coverage, Reid was filming a video for a story about Pretty Paws Country Club, at 156 Cecil St. Arrest warrants allege Marshall Everhart assaulted Reid, leaving him with broken or loose teeth and can – be a broken jaw.

Marshall Everhart is accused of attempting to take Reid’s video camera and causing over $200 in damage to the equipment. He is also accused of restraining Reid against his will and damaging Reid’s car to the tune of more than $200, according to arrest warrants.

Arrest warrants for Zachary Everhart were not immediately available Friday.

Simmons said Marshall Everhart was arrested at the scene. Zachary Everhart left but later went to the Guilford County Sheriff‘s Office. He was taken before a Guilford County magistrate and released on $10,000 bond, Simmons said.

Marshall Everhart was released on $200,000 bond. Marshall Everhart has a court date for August 29 and Zachary Everhart has a court date for September 26.

In April, the Animal Welfare Section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services fined the kennel $1,400 for violating the State’s animal welfare law. State.

According to official documents, officials from the animal welfare section received complaints about Pretty Paws and sent two employees in March to perform a surprise inspection. They found 12 dogs housed together in an outdoor play area where the only water tank had knocked over, leaving the dogs without water. No one was watching the dogs at that time.

Inspectors also found 19 dogs in another outdoor play area with a person supervising the animals. The water bowl was empty and the dogs were without water, according to official documents.

Several water tanks on the property were damaged, officials said. Also, two dogs, Roxy and Stella, had to be separated to fight. Dogs weren’t supposed to be housed together as they were considered incompatible. Roxy was seriously injured but was not taken to a vet, according to state officials.

Another dog, named Bentley, fell ill in early March and showed signs of “decreased feeding and other neurological signs”. When the dog’s owner picked up Bentley, he took the dog to a vet. Bentley has tested positive for THC, authorities said.

The kennel has already been cited for infractions during inspections in 2020.

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