DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Charges against DeKalb County residents are pending after more than three dozen cats were found neglected and malnourished in addition to a donkey riddled with open sores.
Angela Perry discovered the neglect while driving on CR 59 in DeKalb County. She altered the DeKalb Humane Society and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.
The donkey was found at 7131 CR 59, the home of Jim and Sue Smith. Down the road, at 7103 CR 59, where their daughter Amanda lived, is where nearly 40 cats were found with their eyes swollen shut. All three could face legal action, as charges with DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office are pending.
Angela Perry, a special education teacher, says she is always focused on teaching her students the difference between right and wrong. She says those responsible for this neglect need to be held accountable.
“There are inherent right and wrongs and everything is a living being. You don't abuse and neglect-- there are right and wrongs. You just do not do that. And if you do something and you make bad choices, you're held accountable.”
Jim Hatfield, Director of the DeKalb Humane Society, says the discovery of the donkey and the cats is a microcosm of the abuse and neglect seen around DeKalb County.
“With dog abuse and animal abuse, people are leaving their houses and leaving their animals behind. They're moving. People are just, you know, they're not feeding them.”
Hatfield says there were more than donkeys and cats on the Smith’s property.
“The conditions are horrible out there. They really are. There’s every kind of animal you can imagine out at this property from peacocks to chickens to dogs and cats and donkeys and horses and cows... And when the donkey was in the field right next to us was bones and a skull of a cow just laying on the ground.”
Perry says in addition to accountability, educating the public about neglect in DeKalb County is a necessity at this point.
“It's Indiana statute that if you neglect or abuse your animals you’ve got to be held accountable. And so I want that to happen because if we don't educate and we don't hold accountable nothing is going to change.”
If you are interested in adopting one of the cats you can contact Angela Perry at 719-352-7650.
You can also contact the DeKalb Humane Society at 260-868-2409 or go to their website by clicking the link above.
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