Four dead dogs, more in poor condition, found at Illinois veterinary hospital

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Veterinarian, employee charged with 13 counts each for animal cruelty and violation of owner's duties.

Four dogs were found dead along with several others-including one cat-in poor condition Sunday, Sept. 21, at Dolton Animal Hospital in Dolton, Ill. An animal cruelty investigation is underway as multiple charges have been filed against clinic owner Amardeep Sangha, DVM, and animal hospital employee Sharon Cargile.

According to the Cook County Sheriff's Department, a Dolton police officer alerted authorities after dropping off a dog at the facility, which has a municipal contract to house stray animals. The officer reported he observed what appeared to be dead dogs and other animals in poor conditions at the clinic. No animal hospital employees were at the facility at the time. The Sheriff's Animal Crimes Unit investigators found four deceased dogs at the facility and took possession of the remaining eight dogs and one cat found in poor condition.

A representative with the Sheriff's office said the animals confiscated from the facility were in varied conditions. One dog had to undergo surgery; another was treated for an infection; others were emaciated; and some were considered to be in fair condition. All are in custody of the Animal Welfare League in Chicago and are said to be improving. Officials are still trying to sort out which animals are owned or un-owned-none have been released at this time.

Sangha was arrested and charged with five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and eight misdemeanor counts of violation of owner's duties. Cargile, who was taken into custody at the animal hospital, received the same charges. More charges may be filed as the investigation continues. In Illinois, a felony charge is only issued in the case of aggravated animal cruelty. Civil charges may be forthcoming as well.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation still lists Sangha's veterinary license status as "active" online. It also notes that he has never been disciplined. Sangha and Cargile are scheduled to appear in court Nov. 19.

Photos courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff's Department

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