A warrant was issued in Harrison Superior Court Friday for a Depauw couple charged with four counts of Class A misdemeanor cruelty to an animal and one count of Class D felony neglect of a dependent (dependent put in situation endangering dependent's life/health).
Samantha Sue Lee, and her husband, Randall T. Lee, both of the 5700 block of Milltown-Frenchtown Road, had not been arrested as of press time.
Both were charged after 36 cats, three dogs and four chickens were removed from their home on Nov. 17.
A report was filed last week by District 8 Field Technician Dr. Jodi Lovejoy of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Lovejoy evaluated the animals and rated them using the Purina Body Condition Scoring System (BCS). The animals were rated on a 1.0 to 9.0 scale where 1.0 is emaciated, 9.0 is extremely obese and normal body condition is 5.0. The presence or absence of periodontal disease was also noted in the report.
She said that of the 36 cats, 21 scored in the 1.0 to 2.0 range, and nine others were in the 2.5 to 3.5 range. Six of the cats scored in the 4.0 to 4.5 range.
Of the dogs, one was scored 7.0 (heavy) while the other two were in the normal range of 4.5 to 5.0. One of the dogs also tested positive for heartworms.
Two of the four chickens were in thin body condition, while the other two were in good condition.
Lovejoy noted that exactly half of the cats had an active upper respiratory infection at the time she evaluated them.
Lovejoy said some of the cats were infected with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), Bordetella bronchiseptica, Chlamydophila felis and Mycoplasma felis.