What can you do if you notice animal neglect?


WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Another case of animal neglect is gaining attention in Vigo County.

The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office started the investigation at a West Terre Haute home. That’s where they found animals without food and more than one animal already dead inside the house.

It feels like a call we’re hearing more often lately – animal neglect cases.

“There were feces all over the ground. There were multiple dogs and cats,” stated Sheriff Greg Ewing.

The report states the sheriff’s office found seven dogs and four cats living in cages. Those animals had no access to food or water.

“There was a dog that was dead in a cage. It had been dead for quite some time in a state of decay,” Ewing continued.

A dead cat was also found next to a bed in the house.

The kitchen had litter boxes sitting on the counter tops, overflowing, next to a toaster. This one I will say ranks right up there with the worst case I’ve ever seen,” Ewing described.

But what can you do if you notice something like this or any signs of animal neglect occurring in your neighborhood?

“Outside the city of Terre Haute, call into the sheriff’s office,” Ewing advised. “If you live in the city call animal control.”

For the house in West Terre Haute, a report like that saved several animals. That report brought in the health department to decide the house was unfit for living until it’s cleaned up.

The owner of the house was cited for her offense and she faces 11 different counts of animal cruelty and neglect.

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