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Paden City Man Arraigned On Drug, Animal Cruelty Charges

By Staff | Feb 24, 2016

MIDDLEBOURNE – A Paden City man, who faces drug and animal cruelty charges, was arraigned recently by Tyler County Magistrate Mary Dotson.

Gary Kirkhart, 25, of South Fourth Street, was charged with possession with intent to deliver after police discovered 38 stamp bags of heroin that were packaged in three bundles and 650 used stamp bags of heroin as well as 118 needles and other drug paraphernalia on Feb. 17 in his apartment, according to court documents.

During the investigation, police found two dogs within the apartment, so they were taken to the Wetzel County Animal Shelter. One of the dogs, a young black Pit Bull, was emaciated and did not survive the night at the shelter, court documents said. The second dog, also a Pit Bull, was taken to a local veterinarian. Court documents said Kirkhart was charged with animal cruelty because he allegedly withheld food, water and medical treatment from the animals.

Kirkhart was arraigned on Feb. 18 by Dotson who set bond at $10,000 for the animal cruelty charge and an additional $40,000 for the drug charge $50,000 total bond.

Kirkhart was taken to North Central Regional Jail.

Acting Paden City Police Chief Tim Shreve said, “Even though we are short-staffed, we are out there hunting for drugs and doing what we can for the community we serve.”