Jonathan Davis, Lignite, charged with animal neglect

A 38-year-old Lignite man is accused of neglecting his dogs in Kenmare last November.

Jon-athan Hillery Davis is charged with two counts of Class A misdemeanor animal neglect in district court in Minot.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court by Kenmare police officer Christopher Almlie, the Kenmare police department received a complaint on Nov. 22, 2017 that dogs were loose near the Davis household. Almlie spoke with Davis’s estranged wife, who said Jonathan Davis was supposed to be watching the house and the dogs. Three dogs were found roaming the road near the residence and went back into the house while Almlie was at the residence. Almlie shut the door to avoid the dogs, which were aggressive. He again contacted Davis’s estranged wife, who said again Jonathan Davis was supposed to be watching the house but she would stop by.

On Nov. 28, 2017, Almlie spoke with the Ward County Tax Commissioners Office. The tax office was in the process of taking the house and gave Kenmare police permission to enter the residence. Almlie went to Minot to pick up dog kennels and come up with a plan to remove the dogs from the house. On Nov. 29, 2017, he went to the house. The front door of the house was open and the officer could hear a dog crying in the residence. He entered the residence and found two of the dogs lying dead in the home. The living dog was lying in the kitchen, under trash and furniture, and was crying. Davis’s estranged wife came by and said there was one dog missing. She was upset by the situation and again told the officer that Jonathan Davis was supposed to have been caring for the animals. She had left the residence several weeks before.

Davis is scheduled to make an initial appearance in district court in Minot on July 16 on the two misdemeanor charges.