A police officer made a gruesome discovery while delivering a stray dog to an animal hospital in suburban Chicago.
As part of an agreement with the Village of Dolton, Illinois, stray animals are taken to privately-owned Dolton Animal Hospital. When the police officer went into the facility Sunday afternoon, September 21, 2014, the officer found four dead dogs, in various stages of decay, and several sick animals in the unfinished basement of the hospital.
Nine dogs and one cat were removed from the animal hospital; all of the surviving animals were reportedly severely malnourished and had no food or water. Two of the dogs were being boarded and the rest were strays.
Veterinarian Dr. Amardeep Sangha, the owner of the hospital, said sometimes stray animals police brought to his facility were already in such bad shape that they could not be helped.
“We try to do the best we can,” Sangha said.
State records showed Dr. Sangha held a valid veterinary license in Illinois since 1990, and there were no records of any previous disciplinary action by the state veterinary board.
A city inspector cited the animal hospital owners a few days prior to the discovery, after an inspector verifying complaints of tall weeds and grass around the building, according to Dolton Mayor Riley Rogers.