UPDATED: Animal Cruelty Suspect Due In Court

A man facing more than three dozen counts of animal cruelty will wait a bit longer before his day in court.

Stephen Kyprianides is facing 36 misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in Bertie County. Lawmen say they seized 46 dogs and three cats from the 68-year-old's home in May, when officials found lethal ammonia levels.

Kyprianides was to appear in district court Wednesday morning, but his case was continued until August 6th.

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.

Kyprianides 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 Anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    I have been to peoples homes where this has and is occuring. I don't know how to explain other than it made me phyically sick. Its toally unhealthy.
  • by Tracy Location: NB on Jun 17, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    I hope he is not allowed to own animals after the court date either. He is mentally unstable. Someone should be asigned to check on him from now on to make sure he has no animals.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    How was allowed to get so out of hand? He needs a little jail time, then have him do some mandatory(supervised) volunteering at a shelter.
  • by Sam on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    Some people just don't get it. It's nice to love the animals, but it's insane to own so many of them. I don't even know how someone can live with that much. Two dogs is enough for me as it is.
  • by walt Location: beaufort co. on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    Have homes been found for these dogs, I could take one.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 17, 2009 at 04:40 AM
    The man's heart is in the right place, but not his head! He needs help understanding he can not afford to keep animals. Let him volunteer at the ASPCA, but not let him take animals with him! He just wants to help animals!!! He is called a hoarder!!!, which is not that uncommon!
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