For Immediate Release
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PR #:1400068
Date Issued:Jul 10, 2014 - 11:10am

Sheriff's Office Detectives make arrest in animal cruelty investigation

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-771-8252

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested Jason Shilo Brown, age 24, of Reno Wednesday on charges related to an ongoing cruelty to animals investigation.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the manager of a local motel notified law enforcement that evidence of suspicious activity had been discovered by one of the motel’s staff in one of the rooms.

Responding officers found the remains of several animals, along with drugs and drug paraphernalia in the room. The occupant of the room was not on scene.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Washoe County Regional Animal Services launched a joint investigation which identified Jason Brown as the suspect.  

Brown was located early in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 9, 2014, arrested without incident, and charged with five felony counts of Willful Torture of an Animal and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance. He is currently being held in the Washoe County Detention Facility. His bail has been set at $55,000.

This is an ongoing joint investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.

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