SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. (KFTA) — Two people are accused of several animal cruelty acts after Sequoyah County officials found dead and malnourished animals at a trailer they rented.
Ashton G. Dimick, 20, and Morgan McCarley, 20, both of Sallisaw, were both arrested on suspicion of 17 counts of animal cruelty.
The animals were found at a trailer house located on rental property that used to be a farm on 4613 Road outside of Sallisaw, Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane said.
“They left and abandoned the property, moved 3 miles away and didn’t come back to feed them,” Lane said. “They left [the animals] in cages with no food or water.”
Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded Tuesday to a report of several abandoned and neglected animals, according to Lane.
“On arrival, deputy Thomas Stafford found numerous animals that were already deceased and several more that were obviously malnourished,” Lane said. “These animals had no food or water available.”
Stafford found four dead rabbits and three dead chickens, and immediately called for assistance and animal rescue services, Lane said.
Stafford and other deputies investigated and learned that Dimick and McCarley had not fed or watered the animals in over 3 weeks, according to Lane.
Deputies also found caged snakes and lizards inside the residence that had no food or water, Lane said.
“The animals were taken to a local Veterinary service for care and rehabilitation,” Lane said.