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WF man charged for abuse, death of dog

Kenyon Gates was booked into Wichita County Jail.
Kenyon Gates was booked into Wichita County Jail.(Courtesy of Wichita County Jail)
Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 11:23 AM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - A Wichita Falls man has been charged for the abuse and death of a pitbull named Medusa.

According to an arrest affidavit, Kenyon Gates initially called WF Animal Control “wanting his dying female pit-bull dog (Medusa) to be picked up and disposed of.” When an Animal Control officer responded to the call on Lucas Ave. back in June of 2021, he reportedly saw a dog lying on the ground, covered in flies.

Medusa was described as malnourished, with maggots in her hindquarters and a smell of infection. Gates reportedly told Animal Control that she had given birth to a litter of puppies two days prior; all ten puppies had died.

When the officer asked Gates if he had taken Medusa to a vet, Gates allegedly “became belligerent and told the ACO to do his job and take the animal.”

According to the report, Medusa died in the officer’s arms just before being placed on the exam table at the Wichita Falls Animal Shelter.

The Animal Control officer would eventually write that Gates had a “cavalier attitude towards the entire situation and apparent lack of empathy for the condition he allowed this animal to remain in.” The officer also expressed concern for any other animals in Gates’ care.

While the incident occurred in June, the arrest warrant was only issued on Oct. 26. Gates has never previously been charged with animal abuse.

Gates was taken into custody and charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal, a misdemeanor. His bond has been set at $8,000.

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