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Thursday, Oct 6, 2011County: Bradley
Charges: Felony CTA
Case Images: 6 files available
Alleged: Jeffrey Dawkins
Jeffrey Dawkins, 24, of Warren, AR has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty. All 4 charges are punishable as a Class D felonies. Dawkins could face up to 6 years in prison and a maximum of $10,000 in fines.
Police visited Dawkins' home on Oct. 6 to find four dogs in very poor health. Dawkins released the dogs to the Bradley County Humane Society.
Ten days after investigators uncovered an extreme case of animal cruelty in Bradley County, they're hoping to see an arrest as the surviving dogs try to regain their strength.
"This is far and away the worst case I've seen," said Dr. Rocky Lindsey, who has been a veterinarian for 13 years.
Lindsey has been working the Humane Society of Bradley County to help feed four dogs found at a rural Bradley County house nearly starving to death.
The visible bones on the dogs are a chilling reminder of the neglect they barely survived.
Cora is only a four-month-old puppy and was in the worst shape of them all.
"When we first found her, she was so weak she could barely walk," said Melanie Camp with the Humane Society of Bradley County.
Investigators found them October 6 and also found a deceased dog still tied a pole.
Camp says there was originally ten dogs at the property when she first visited, but only four were surrendered. What perhaps is most frustrating for Dr. Lindsey is how no arrests have been made.
Bradley County Sheriff Rick Anders says his department will hand over paperwork to the prosecuting attorney on Monday.
"To just let them starve is pretty heartless and ridiculous, honestly," he said.
He's doing his best to put aside emotions while helping slowly nurse the dogs back into shape.
They're on a slow road to recovery that almost never happened. Investigators acted as quickly as they could but it was nearly too late.
"This little girl I really don't think would have been alive 24 hours later if we had not gotten her and she hadn't gone home with me," said Leslie Stephens with the Humane Society of Bradley County.
When they're healthy enough, Cora and the others will be sent to a rescue in New York, for a chance at the healthy life she's never had.
"I think with food and water and a little bit of care this one and a couple of the others will do well," said Camp.
- katv.com - Oct 18, 2011
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