Man Charged With 39 Animal Cruelty Counts

A man with a history of animal problems has been arrested on 39 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty after authorities say they found 46 dogs and three cats in his Lewiston home last month.

Stephen Kyprianides turned himself into authorities Wednesday morning. He told WITN that the animals are his family and was concerned that they would be adopted out.

Last month authorities say the animals produced near-lethal ammonia levels at Kyprianides' home. A state veterinarian says the ammonia levels were the highest she'd ever seen.

Sheriff Greg Atkins says this isn't the first time Kyprianides has had dog trouble. Twelve years ago New York authorities found the man with 15 dogs, 16 cats, 30 pigeons and an iguana, all found in insanitary conditions.

The 68-year-old man was also charged back in 2004 in Hertford County with the unlawful disposing of domesticated dead animals. Authorities say Kyprianides was putting dead animals in mini-storage.

He was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond and is not allowed to own any animals until his case is heard.


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  • by Ted Location: windsor on Jun 11, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    this dude was kicked out of several grocery stores for his ungodly smell. this comes to no suprise to me. glad they got him
  • by Anonymous Location: Bertie on Jun 6, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    Maybe if animal control came whenever they were called instead of ignoring pnone calls, it would't have gotten so far out of hand. I'm sick of people dropping off unwanted pets in the Colerain area & I for one can't seem to get any response from animal control. This man did try to make an effort so cut him a little slack. Maybe these animals were all the family & company he has. If people stop dumping their pets, he may not have been in this situation.
  • by whomever Location: ahoskie on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    Who the freak posted his Bond!!! R U crazy!! He don't love these animals!
  • by who knows Location: Ahoskie on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    Maybe he is a Crazy man that live is pure dog Sh--!! and really needs mental help!! I bet He really Stinks!! I an animal lover and this is no where for them to live!!
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Jun 4, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    Get this man some help ALREADY! Jail time will serve no purpose for this old man.Just some help and throw in a few friends for him also.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2009 at 05:21 AM
    to maurice- micheal vick fought and abused dogs to death, while what the Bertie cty man did is wrong, he was Not abusing the dogs as vick was. Also, maybe Wayne cty should act a little more like Bertie...why is is that there are at least eleven animals in much worse condition there than these dogs, it is an open case, yet Wayne Cty does nothing about removing animals from that horrendous situation...Why own animals if you aren't going to care for them
  • by cole Location: north carolina on Jun 3, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    I agree with Doodles,this man has some pysc issues,why charge this man that looks like he can`t even take care of himself.He probably has noting,what good is it going to do to charge him?The courts in this one will lose money...Take the animals away,make sure he never has anymore....
  • by birdie on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    He could have gotten away with it in Martin County. Our AC officers are either drunk or using the county vehicle for anything but county business. lots and lots of wasted fuel!!
  • by maurice Location: farmville n.c. on Jun 3, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    I think the old guy with the 39 counts of animal cruelty should be sent to prison, just like micheal vick. as a matter of fact he was charged three times. that is far worse than what mike vick did. do america justice and be fair.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 3, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    Doodles, I agree with you, I think he needs help. Some people horde newspapers, some everything, I know one person that hordes food(canned, frozen, food she canned her self)in stacks on the kitchen counter and floor. Yes he does have issues and does need help.
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