Dr. Amardeep Sangha, 54, Of Naperville, Illinois, is facing felony animal cruelty charges after four dogs were found starved to death at his south suburban Dolton Animal Hospital. Nine live dogs and a cat were also found in poor condition, the charges allege, according to Chicago CBS local.
The Cook County Animal Crimes Unit first launched a probe into conditions at the hospital on Sept. 21, when a Dolton police officer who was dropping off a stray dog at the veterinary facility discovered a basement full of dead and live dogs covered with maggots and lying in urine-soaked, feces-caked cages, the Patch reports.
The Dolton Animal Hospital at 15022 Lincoln Ave. had a contract to house stray animals for the village, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said.
One of the animal hospital's employees, Sharon Cargile, 59, of Chicago, was also charged with five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and eight misdemeanor counts of violations of owner’s duties after the shocking discovery.
Both were indicted by a Cook County grand jury last month where they were each charged with three counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals, Chicago CBS Local reports.
Sheriff’s investigators report they found four dogs dead in their cages. Necropsies determined that three of the dogs had died of non-accidental chronic starvation. The fourth dog’s death was ruled inconclusive, according to the Sheriff’s media advisory.
The nine live dogs and one cat in poor condition were brought to the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge for medical treatment and eventually adopted. All were malnourished and anemic, Sheriff Dart said.
According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Sangha has been a licensed veterinarian with the state since 1990, the Patch reports.
Sheriff Dart talked to reporters outside the Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge, and estimated the number of neglected and abused dogs brought to Sangha is “probably in the hundreds.”
Sangha appeared in court Monday and was released on his own recognizance.
Cargile was also charged but did not appear in court on Monday. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.