Garner man charged with 90 counts of animal cruelty is ‘habitual felon,’ Wake ADA says

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A Wake County man facing 90 animal cruelty charges after more than 200 dying, dead or emaciated animals were found on his farm property in Garner appeared in court on Monday afternoon.

Ronald Avery Kearney, 60, was told he could face 39 months in prison for each felony animal cruelty count.

“I’m not going anywhere, sir,” Kearney told the judge from jail through a video call. “I don’t even really know what I’ve done wrong.”

Kearney requested that his $90,000 bond be lowered.

On Sunday, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office announced that Kearney had been charged and arrested along with Mohamed Dweydari, 70, who was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

The pair were the supposed caretakers of sheep, cows, goats, mini horses, donkeys, fowl and a kitten at a property in the 7500 block of Trudy Lane, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Wake County Animal Control determined that 90 animals were cruelly treated or neglected, and some animals died while they responded at the scene, Assistant District Attorney Christy Joyce said in court Monday.

Kearney was identified in court as a “habitual felon” by Joyce.

Garner man has past felonies

A criminal background check of Kearney shows several previous felony arrests in the past 25 years. He was convicted and imprisoned in 2010 for assault on a female, a felony, for which he served three months in prison.

Among Kearney’s other past charges are several other misdemeanors and felonies, records show.

Sheriff’s deputies and Wake County Animal Control found more than 200 animals in dire need of care on the property on Friday, authorities said previously.

At least three animals needed to be euthanized due to their condition, according to arrest warrants.

The surviving animals have been placed into rehabilitation facilities, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Kearney is slated to appear in Wake County court again in October.