DOLTON VETERINARIAN, EMPLOYEE ARRESTED IN ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATION
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — A veterinarian and his employee have been charged with multiple misdemeanors in connection with an animal cruelty investigation at a Dolton animal hospital, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
Dr. Amardeep Sangha, 54, of Naperville, was charged today with five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and eight misdemeanor counts of violation of owner’s duties. He was arrested this afternoon at the Sheriff’s Police headquarters in Maywood.
An animal hospital employee, Sharon Cargile, 59, of Chicago, was charged today with five counts of cruelty to animals and eight counts of violation of owner’s duties, also misdemeanors. Cargile was taken into custody on Sunday at the Dolton Animal Hospital, located in the 15000 block of Lincoln Avenue.
The Sheriff’s Animal Crimes Unit was contacted by Dolton Police at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sunday regarding the condition of animals located at the facility. Sheriff’s investigators learned that at approximately 10 a.m. on Sunday a Dolton Police officer was dropping off a dog at the facility, which the village contracts with to house stray animals, when the officer observed what appeared to be dead dogs and other animals that appeared to be in poor condition.
No animal hospital employees were at the facility at the time.
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.