Target: Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney
Goal: Praise charges against veterinarians that left four animals to starve to death
A veterinarian allegedly responsible for the deaths of four dogs has been charged with several counts of felony animal cruelty. The veterinarian, Dr. Amardeep Sangha, was contracted by the village of Dolton to house stray pets in his animal hospital. Instead of caring for them, Sangha is accused of neglecting them until four were dead and another 10 were found ill.
The deplorable conditions in the facility were first discovered by a police officer who dropped off a stray dog at the hospital. In the basement, the officer found caged animals, both alive and dead, living in maggot-infested pools of feces and urine. The hospital was immediately shut down and the animals removed. The nine dogs and one cat removed from the facility alive showed signs of malnutrition and anemia. Fortunately, after receiving medical care, all of the animals recovered and were able to return to their owners or be adopted out.
An investigation concluded that the dogs died due to chronic starvation and dehydration, and added that it was non-accidental. Sangha, the owner of the hospital, and Sharon Cargile, the hospital’s manager, are facing more than a dozen charges. According to police, Cargile told investigators that “things just got away from her.” Each are facing heavy fines and prison sentences if convicted.
Citizens have come forward with complaints against the hospital, one even alleging that after leaving his dog at the hospital for five days, the dog was dead upon his return from what staff called a heart attack. Police say that hundreds of animals could have lost their lives in this basement dungeon.
The role of a veterinary hospital is to provide care and protection to animals. Particularly since the hospital agreed to house stray animals, there is absolutely no excuse for this kind of negligence. Sign the petition below to praise the charges laid against the operators of the Dolton Animal Hospital.
Dear Ms. Anita Alvarez,
The owner and manager of a veterinary hospital were recently charged with several counts of animal cruelty after they allowed animals in their care to die of neglect. A police officer found four dogs dead due to starvation and another 10 animals showing signs of neglect.
The animal hospital, which was contracted to take in stray animals, was shut down and the animals removed. We, the undersigned, applaud your efforts to reprimand these cruel and incompetent employees.
[Your Name Here]
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