Philip Harold Taylor, rural Bryan, is currently free on his own recognizance after he allegedly shot four dogs in his residence on or about Saturday night, June 1.
Three of the dogs reportedly shot belonged to his wife, Theresa Taylor, who operates a dog grooming and daycare facility on Stryker Street.
One was owned by an Archbold woman.
In a posting on social media, Lori Beck, Archbold, identified herself as the owner of one of the dogs that was killed, a Shih Tzu named Lilly.
A spokesperson from Bryan Municipal Court said Philip Taylor is charged with “knowingly causing serious physical harm to a companion animal, to wit: shot and killed four separate canine companion animals with a 9- millimeter handgun.”
Officials from the Williams County Sheriff Department filed the charge with Bryan Municipal Court at 8:37 am, Monday, June 3.
Lisa Nye, deputy clerk with the WCSD, said because the investigation into the incident is ongoing, she could not release many details.
She did say the incident occurred at the Taylor home, at 07218 Co. Rd. 13, Bryan.
Deputies were called to the home during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 2, where they conducted an investigation.
Philip Taylor was located in the city of Bryan on Monday. He was placed under arrest and taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
He was released the same day.
Bryan Municipal Court documents state Philip Taylor is allowed no contact with Theresa Taylor, is to reside with his son in Bryan and surrender his firearms to WCSD officials.
Nye said the Williams County Humane Society and Pamela Welch, Williams County dog warden, are assisting Williams County deputies with their investigation.
Katherine Zartman, Williams County prosecuting attorney, said the case will likely be presented to a Williams County Grand Jury on Tuesday, June 11.
Additional charges against him “are being considered,” Zartman said.