BRYAN — A Bryan man accused of killing four dogs earlier this month with a 9mm handgun was indicted on six counts Tuesday by a Williams County grand jury.
Philip Taylor, 54, was indicted on four counts of animal cruelty, all fifth-degree felonies; one count of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony; and one count of menacing by stalking, a fourth-degree felony.
The incident is alleged to have occurred at Taylor’s home in the 07200 block of County Road 13. He was arrested June 2 and booked at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio (CCNO), rural Stryker, early the next morning.
Taylor’s wife, Theresa Taylor, is the owner of Theresa Taylor’s Grooming — a pet grooming business in Archbold. One of the dogs killed, a Shih Tzu named Lilly Mae, belonged to a client who’d been boarding Lilly Mae at the Taylor home. The other three dogs killed were the Taylor’s own.
Taylor was released on his own recognizance following his June 3 arraignment in Bryan Municipal Court, but has since been charged with violating a protection order that prohibited him from contacting Theresa. A warrant was issued for his arrest and Taylor was booked back in to CCNO Friday. Bond was set at $50,000 with no cash allowance.
Following the grand jury indictment, a preliminary hearing originally set for June 13 in Bryan Municipal Court will be vacated, and Taylor is set to appear today in Williams County Common Pleas Court.