On March 30, 2020, around 5:45 PM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a civil order violation occurring in the 2400 block of N. Resting Place, Chino Valley. The reporting party explained that Bryan Ellis, 34, had returned to the property in violation of his conditions of release from a recent jail stay. It was learned Ellis was now next door to the concerned home with his 2 dogs apparently inside a van. Deputies went next door but Ellis was gone and they learned he was out walking his dogs. Deputies were able to find a third dog locked in the van without food or water.
While the investigation continued, deputies began receiving several reports of a male subject, matching the description of Ellis, walking in the 2800 block of N Sunset Drive, Chino Valley, abusing a dog. Deputies eventually found Ellis on Cottontail Drive in Chino Valley and detained him. The dogs were not with him at that time. Ellis claimed his dogs got loose and he was chasing after them. He denied being involved in any abuse of the dogs even after confronted with witness reports who saw otherwise.
Deputies contacted several witnesses who stated they saw Ellis with two ‘pitbull’ dogs. They described Ellis picking up the white dog and throwing the dog to the ground several times, while also hitting the dog. One of the witnesses saw the white dog walk away limping and vomiting. The brown ‘pitbull’ had been dragged along the road surface by Ellis and was now safe at a nearby home, also vomiting. Both dogs appeared badly injured according to all witnesses.
Deputies examined the brown dog and saw scraped and bleeding front paws and bleeding from the mouth. A deputy transported the injured dog to a vet for treatment. At the time, the white dog could not be found. If anyone in the area of this incident locates the dog, please call our animal control office right away. At attempt to get a photo of the dog is ongoing.
Ellis was booked on charges including Animal Cruelty and Judicial Process Violation. He is held in the Camp Verde Detention Center without bond.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260
or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov