Two people in the Cape Cod town of Truro are facing charges of cruelty to an animal after police on Tuesday found a coyote living in a small cage in an apartment above a detached garage.
Amy Previe and Wayne Martin were arrested after police executed a search warrant on suspicion of animal cruelty at their home on Quail Ridge Road, Truro police said in a statement.
In addition to the animal cruelty charge, Martin faces numerous counts of storing a firearm without being properly locked, after officers discovered 19 shotguns, one handgun, and a pellet rifle, all but one of which were unlocked, the statement said.
Police said they believed the coyote had been living in the cage "for some time."
Roberto Aguilar, a veterinarian at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable where the coyote was taken, said the animal had spent the night at the kennel and would be examined this morning.
"She's fine. … She seems so far to be active and alert," Aguilar said. "We will sedate her again today and then get a good look at her and see what the state of her health is."
Neither Previe nor Martin was listed in the Truro telephone directory.
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