The Village of Dolton, IL contracted a private vet clinic, the Dolton Animal Hospital, to care for stray pets. The animals were housed in the clinic’s basement.
In September, a Dolton police officer was dropping off a stray dog at the vet clinic and observed conditions reflecting serious neglect. Four of the dogs in the hospital were dead in their cages, urine and feces were everywhere, and nine other dogs and one cat were starving to death.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Police removed the surviving animals and shut the place down. A reporter spoke briefly with the clinic’s owner who seemed unimpressed with the public interest in his basement torture chamber:
“It’s a sad situation, but we’ll look into it and get back to you if there’s anything more,” said Dr. Amardeep Sangha[.]
This week, there is something more. Although Sangha and one of his employees, Sharon Cargile, had been initially charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, charges were upgraded after necropsy results came back on the dead dogs revealing the pets had been starved to death. Sangha and Cargile now face 3 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Sangha’s attorney, Scott Frankel, appeared with him in court on Wednesday. He seems about as unimpressed with dogs being starved to death as his client:
“Obviously, we are very disappointed, we believe, at the worst, what happened here should have been resolved as misdemeanors, if anything.”
If anything. Because starving pets in cages next to dead pets whom you’ve already starved while pocketing cash from taxpayers to care for stray animals is nothing, basically.
“I’m sure when we get into the details it will be obvious to everyone that he is a responsible doctor, he is a great guy, he’s a family man, he’s supporting a family. And he still feels terrible that he has to answer all of these charges in court,” Frankel said.
I can’t wait to learn these amazing “details” so I can get on board with this Great Guy thing. What a life transforming event that’s going to be – journeying from here to way, way over there. And oh, how distressing that he has to answer for his crimes. In court, even. Like a common Not Great Guy.
Cargile failed to show up in court so there is a warrant out for her arrest.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)