A Dolton animal hospital employee facing felony animal cruelty charges -- along with the hospital’s veterinarian -- was arrested in Kansas earlier this month on a Cook County warrant after she failed to appear for her court date at the Markham Courthouse.
Sharon Cargile, 59, of Chicago, faces three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, according to a statement from the Cook County Sheriff’s office.
An arrest warrant was issued for her last month after she failed to appear for her court date, the sheriff’s office said. She was arrested Dec. 11 in Salina, Kansas when police performing a traffic stop learned of her warrant.
On Monday, she was ordered held without bond, the sheriff’s office said.
About 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, a Dolton police officer was dropping off a dog at the south suburban facility in the 15000 block of Lincoln Avenue and noticed what appeared to be dead dogs and other animals in poor condition, according to the sheriff’s office. The village of Dolton housed stray animals at the facility.
The sheriff’s Animal Crimes Unit was contacted and found four deceased dogs at the facility, as well as eight dogs and a cat that were all in poor condition.
Necropsies found that three of the dogs died of non-accidental chronic starvation, and the fourth dog’s death was ruled inconclusive.
The hospital’s veterinarian, Dr. Amardeep Sangha, 54, also faces three counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals, the sheriff’s office said.
Sangha, of Naperville, appeared in court Dec. 15 and was released on his own recognizance, the Chicago Sun-Times previously reported.
Court records show Sangha is next scheduled to appear in court Feb. 3, 2015.
Cargile is next scheduled to appear in court Tuesday at the Markham Courthouse.