According to local news reports, one Naperville veterinarian, Dr. Amardeep Sangha as well as his assistant, Sharon Cargile, of Chicago, failed the animals at the Dolton Animal Hospital. Now the ‘good’ doctor is looking at Animal Cruelty Charges as well as misdemeanor violations of owner’s duties for the deaths and neglect that took place at his hospital.
The news has spread. Everyone, including the Daily Herald, is talking about this sheer lack of performance and neglect on the hands of a supposed animal doctor. Thankfully he was discovered before even more abuse could take place.
If it had not been for a local police officer taking a stray to that facility, who knows how long the neglect would have taken place. Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced the charges after several dead dogs were found at the facility as well as nine other dogs and one kitten were found in “various stages of emaciation.” In addition, the animals had no water and were laying in their own urine and feces, maggots about. The kitten has since died.
Sangha and Cargile have each been charged with five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals as well as eight counts of misdemeanor violations of owner’s duties.
The 54-year-old doctor was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the Sheriff’s Police headquarters in Maywood while his worker, 59-year-old Cargile had previously been taken into custody last Sunday at the Dolton Animal Hospital shortly after the macabre discovery was made.
The Hospital is located at 15022 Lincoln Avenue in Dolton. Thankfully local police have had a contract with the establishment; a place where they can bring the village’s lost and stray pets. According to a news report put out by Lorraine Swanson of the Naperville Patch, Sheriff Dart had this to say, “The officer had a key and let himself in the basement, where police are able to access anytime to leave a dog there. “That’s when the officer saw one of the dead [dogs] and that’s when they called us.”
In addition to the four dead dogs found in their cages, covered in maggots, another dog was found dead in a plastic bag and 12 more were deposited in a freezer. The dogs in the freezer appeared to be euthanized which would not be uncommon then for them to be in a freezer until they could be taken elsewhere.
After necropsies (animal autopsies) are performed on the four dead dogs in the cages, Dr. Sangha and Ms. Cargile could face additional charges. Further investigations will also be conducted on the facility to see how such gruesome acts could have happened and to see if perhaps money was an issue.
In the meantime, the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge will be taking care of seven of the living canines, nursing them back to health and working to get them adopted. Sheriff Dart fell in love with the Lab mix puppy and will be taking him home to care for. The other breeds range from a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Jack Russell Terrier-mix, to American Staffordshires and Lab-mixes.
Naperville Patch also stated that two of the dogs are being kept at the Animal Welfare League because their medical conditions are quite extraordinary. A Shepherd-Terrier mix was so emaciated that it could not walk due to a sepsis infection. A female Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Boxer Mix who had had her pups taken away too soon, had to have her breasts removed yesterday because of the inflammation and infection in them. According to Animal Welfare League President Linda Estrada, “She is so anemic her blood is watery.”
Unfortunately the health of both dogs is still touch-and-go. These animals did not ask for this type of abuse.
Ms. Estrada said that the resilience of character in the orphaned pets is amazing. Even under those horrific circumstances they began wagging their tails when they saw food and water coming.
Animals are concerned with only one thing and that is demonstrating unconditional love and acceptance. It is simply too bad that people don’t have that same commitment to life!