Formal charges have been filed against a pair of siblings in the wake of an investigation and animal welfare check by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.
James Gray, 55, and his sister, Julia Gray, 60, both of Brazil, are facing more than two dozen animal cruelty charges after law enforcement officials found two dead dogs and 33 others in "deplorable conditions" at their German Shepherd breeding company Vom Greystone Guardians, 7501 S. County Road 800 West.
According to court records, an investigation was prompted after a call was made to animal control requesting food for several dogs. Upon arrival, animal control found several malnourished dogs, as well as a "severely emaciated dog" on the property, who later had to be put down by a vet. A search warrant later revealed more animals looking malnourished and living in deplorable conditions. In addition, police found 11 German Shepherds stacked on top of each other in small cages, and one cage had a dead dog at the door of the cage. No water or food could be found inside the cage.
Documents state that Julie Gray told investigators at the scene that people dumped several of the dogs, could be observed laughing and smiling at the scene and told police she "would just find more dogs and continue breeding."
After seizing the animals and transporting them to Putnam County Animal Care and Control, the Putnam County Sheriff's Department took to Facebook, asking for help in not only finding temporary placement for the dogs, but also for supplies.
"As many of you know, the Shelter along with many other local shelters are already at max capacity. We are currently working hard to find temporary placement of these dogs until they can be evaluated and cared for," the post stated.
The post continued to state the animal care and control were asking the public to contribute for much needed supplies for the dogs.
"They desperately need kennels to help temporarily house these guys at the shelter. Additionally they are asking for your help in gathering supplies and funding to help care for them," the post said.
Anyone wishing to donate is asked to contact Tammy Eastham at email@example.com.