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Case ID: 19970
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Sunday, Feb 24, 2013

County: Black Hawk

Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 2 files available

» Ty Hickman
» Kelsey Renae Block - Convicted
» A. J. Michael Sellers - Convicted

Case Updates: 4 update(s) available

A reward of $1,200 is now being offered in the case of a dog that died of starvation apparently while locked inside a crate.

The body of the male dog was discovered Saturday with no ID tags, chip or other identification in the 2700 block of Independence Ave.

Investigators are now looking for the dog's owner. Agape Fosters, which is offering the reward, tells KWQC that while a couple of leads have come in there has been "nothing concrete." It's believed photos of the deceased dog and its crate, while disturbing, offer the best chance of finding its owner.

Agape tells KWQC the dog was left in a "newer" crate with some blankets and a lime green food dish. According to Agape, it appears "the dog suffered and died in the crate as there was an extreme amount of feces and urine in there."

The story has caused an outpouring of concern among KWQC viewers. Within 18 hours of the story being posted on the KWQC Facebook page, it had generated more than 750 comments and had been shared nearly 2,000 times.

The reward is for information leading to a conviction of animal cruelty. Anyone with information is asked to call Maria Tiller at the City of Waterloo Animal Control (319) 291-4440 or Waterloo Police.

Case Updates

One of the three people accused of torturing a dog and leaving it to die in Waterloo will pay a civil fine and be on probation.

Ty Hickman, Kelsey Block and A.J. Sellers were accused of animal neglect and torture after a dog, nicknamed Caleb by animal rights advocates, was found dead and covered in its own feces this winter.

Block faced a charge for animal neglect and animal torture. According to court records, the animal torture charge was dropped, and a deferred judgment was given on the animal neglect charge.

Block will be on probation for 12 months and will have to pay a $315 civil penalty.

Hickman still awaits trial. His date in court has been moved back to January 13.

Hickman claims he left the dog with Sellers and Block in January of this year until they could find the dog a new home.

Sellers entered a written plea of guilty to intentional animal neglect in October. Sellers will be sentenced on November 12.
Source: KWWL - Nov 5, 2013
Update posted on Nov 7, 2013 - 1:10AM 
One of the three suspects accused of torturing and neglecting a dog has pleaded guilty. The other two will go to trial in November.

The charges follow the neglect of the dog found dead in a crate in Jesup, covered in its own feces in February. Local animal rights advocates nicknamed the dog "Caleb."

Recently prosecutors asked for the three trials to be combined, but this motion was denied.

On Tuesday, A. J. Sellers entered a written plea of guilty to intentional animal neglect. His sentencing is set for November 12.

Kelsey Block is scheduled for trial on November 6.

Ty Hickman's trial is scheduled for November 20. According to court documents, Hickman claims he left the dog with Sellers and Block in January until they could find the dog a new home.
Source: WKOW - Oct 23, 2013
Update posted on Nov 7, 2013 - 1:09AM 
Police have made two more arrests in the case of a dog found dead of starvation. The dog's body was discovered in Waterloo locked in a crate surrounded by feces and urine.

On Wednesday police arrested A. J. Michael Sellers, 22, and Kelsey Renae Block, 18, both of Jesup, on a charge of animal torture.

Sellers is also charged with Harassment of a Public Official for providing false information to a police officer during the course of this investigation.

"If it wasn't for the public, this case probably would have went unsolved," animal control officer Maria Tiller told KWWL-TV.
Source: KWQC - March 1, 2013
Update posted on Nov 7, 2013 - 1:08AM 
Police arrested a Jesup man February 28 in connection to a dog discovered February 16 locked in a crate and having died of starvation.

Police arrested Ty Hickman, 23, and charged with an aggravated misdemeanor related to torture of an animal. KWQC has learned the dog belonged to Hickman.

"Without tips from the public, I seriously doubt we'd have ever gotten this far in the case," said Maria Tiller of Waterloo Animal Control.

The case has generated tremendous public interest with thousands of people sharing details and photos via social media.

"Without the public this case would have been another statistic," Tiller said. "It goes to show that all it takes is one person to come forward and do the right thing."

Tiller tells KWQC that the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible. If convicted, Hickman faces up to two years in prison and a fine.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the City of Waterloo Animal Control (319) 291-4440 or Waterloo Police.

Because of public support, the reward for a conviction in the case is now $7,500.
Source: KWQC - March 1, 2013
Update posted on Nov 7, 2013 - 1:07AM 


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