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Four Arrested in Regards to Two Animal Cruelty Cases

 

 

 


(FANNIN COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX); January 22, 2018--
The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit has arrested four people in two separate cases of cruelty to non-livestock animals in the last few days.


On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Cindy Oliver and Mitchell Gilbert were arrested on one charge of Class A Misdemeanor Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals regarding a case from January 6, 2018 and were booked into the Fannin County Jail. They was arraigned the morning of January 19 and bond was set at $5,000 each. An indictment will be coming in the next several weeks, and that will determine when the trial will be set. 


On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Anthony Terry Nichols, Jr. and Jamine Teara Sadler were arrested on one charge of Third Degree Felony Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals regarding a case from January 10, 2018 and were booked into the Dallas County Jail. They were arraigned on January 19 and bond was set at $5,000 each. An indictment will be coming in the next several weeks, and that will determine when the trial will be set. 


In the Fannin County Case, on Saturday, January 6, the SPCA of Texas, the Fannin County Sheriff's Office and the Honey Grove Police Department seized and the SPCA of Texas took custody of 140 allegedly cruelly treated animals from an alleged puppy mill--including 117 dogs, 21 puppies and two cats--from a property near Honey Grove, TX. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the organization's Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.


To download photos, taken at the property, as well as booking photos for Cindy Oliver and Mitchell Gilbert, please click HERE.


More than 30 dogs were housed inside the residence on the property. Most of the animals were housed in a structure behind the residence, and were all found living in filthy cages, crates and kennels, up to three dogs in each. This structure was infested with roaches, which were found crawling all over the dogs and cats housed there. In one area, the dogs were being housed in feces- and urine-filled wire crates stacked on top of each other. In another area, a makeshift run of feces- and urine-filled pens held the majority of the dogs. The entire structure was coated in feces and drenched in urine, and the stench of feces and urine was so strong that it caused investigators to gag and could be smelled from well outside the structure. 


The animals appear to be suffering from various health issues, including matted fur, fur loss, fleas, dental issues, long nails, ear issues, tumors and more.


The animal owner let investigators know that they were selling the dogs. All large-scale animal breeders in Texas are required by law to be licensed and inspected on a regular basis. It is unclear at this point if the animal owner is properly licensed. The Texas puppy mill bill, known as the Large-Scale Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Bill, took effect on September 1, 2012. It provides guidelines for the treatment of animals in large-scale commercial breeding operations in Texas, defined as breeders who keep 11 or more breeding females or sell 20 or more puppies or kittens a year. The law specifies that certain parameters exist for such animals, including feeding, space, shelter, ventilation and medical care, and is administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.


The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigators and the Fannin County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty from Child Protective Services, which was on the property regarding another matter, on Thursday, January 4. The SPCA of Texas' Investigators and the Fannin County Sheriff's Office visited the property on Friday, January 5 when they witnessed the animals' conditions. The SPCA of Texas' Investigators and the Fannin County Sheriff's Office concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to seize them, took the information to a judge and the judge granted a search and seizure warrant.


In the Dallas County case, on Wednesday, January 10, the SPCA of Texas took custody of two allegedly cruelly treated dogs from a property in Southern Dallas after the animal owner signed custody of the dogs over to the SPCA of Texas. One dog was deceased and the other was so emaciated that every rib and hipbone was plainly visible through his skin. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the organization's Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas, where they were examined by medical staff and the living dog continues to be cared for.

To download photos from the scene as well as the booking photo of Anthony Terry Nichols, Jr. and Jamine Teara Sadler, please click HERE.


The dogs were found inside wire cages in the back yard of the property without access to shelter, food, water or care. The dogs were both emaciated, with ribs and hip bones protruding. A necropsy was performed by a veterinarian on the deceased dog, and the cause of death was determined to be from complications related to starvation and dehydration. This dog's entire gastrointestinal tract did not have any substance for nourishment. The living dog was examined by a veterinarian, and this dog's health condition was determined to be extremely poor. He was suffering from starvation, dehydration and diarrhea as well as being emaciated, with a body condition score of one out of nine (with 1 being emaciated and 4-5 considered normal). He was weak and could barely stand, and was covered in mud and diarrhea. As investigators were carefully removing him from the location, he screamed in pain every time he attempted to walk as he fell over several times.


The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty going on at the property the morning of January 10. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office visited the property the same morning the complaint was submitted to the SPCA of Texas. The Investigator was able to see the animals' dire living conditions was able to speak with the animal owner, who agreed to sign custody of the animals over to the SPCA of Texas.


To help support the SPCA of Texas' efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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