BONO, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Sheriff's Department is investigating a case of animal cruelty in Bono.
Deputy Jeania Burns went to a home on County Road 143 after receiving a call about several malnourished dogs in the area.
According to the report, when Burns arrived she found several dogs with protruding hipbones and visible rib bones.
Burns explained to the homeowner that per Arkansas State Law, animals must have proper food, water and shelter. The law also requires animals to be up to date on rabies vaccines.
Burns did not find any food for the dogs at the home. The water bowl was a rusty metal barrel.
The report also states the dogs had mange and scabies. One dog had open sores all over its body.
Burns contacted Margaret Shepherd, director of the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society, to check on the animals as well.
Shepherd brought a 33-pound bag of dog food to the home. According to Burns, the dogs ate the entire bag in under five minutes.
The Humane Society could not take the dogs to the shelter that day because it is full, but Shepherd said she would find room for the dogs and come back Tuesday.
According to the department, deputies will check on the dogs until they are seized to make sure they have food and water.
Captain Justin Rolland said this case was different than most because there were more than 20 dogs that needed proper shelter and care. He said they have also seen an increase in reported animal cruelty cases.
"I think that we have a lot of people who are becoming more alert as far as people looking out for animals, so the calls have definitely increased for sure." Rolland said.
Rolland said the owner is being cooperative in the investigation and agreed to give up possession of the animals when the Humane Society comes back.
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