DOLTON VETERINARIAN BOOKED ON AGGRAVATED CRUELTY CHARGES
Monday, December 15, 2014
— A veterinarian originally arrested for multiple misdemeanors in connection with an animal cruelty investigation was booked on felony aggravated cruelty charges, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
Dr. Amardeep Sangha, 54, of Naperville, appeared at the Markham Courthouse today. He was given an I-bond (released on his own recognizance).
A Cook County Grand Jury last month indicted Sangha and Sharon Cargile, 59, of Chicago, each with three counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals. Cargile did not appear in court. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Both were originally charged in September with five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and eight misdemeanor counts of violating owner’s duties after four dogs were found deceased and other dogs were found in poor condition at the animal hospital where they both worked.
Necropsies – autopsies of the deceased dogs – found that three of the dogs died of non-accidental chronic starvation. The fourth dog’s death was ruled inconclusive.
The Sheriff’s Animal Crimes Unit was contacted by Dolton Police at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 regarding the condition of animals at the facility, located in the 15000 block of Lincoln Avenue in Dolton.
Sheriff’s investigators learned that earlier that morning a Dolton Police officer was dropping off a dog at the facility, which the village contracts with for the housing of stray animals, when the officer observed what appeared to be dead dogs and other animals that appeared to be in poor condition.
Sheriff’s investigators on scene located four deceased dogs at the facility. They also located eight dogs alive – many of which were in poor condition -- and one cat that was in poor condition.
Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.