HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (March 30, 2015)—An Indiana man was arrested on animal neglect charges after authorities found two dead horses, one turkey, one hog and other malnourished animals on his property in northern Hamilton County. Animal control officers with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation last week, after a caller reported seeing a dead horse in a neighbor’s yard.
Andrew Hung Wei Chow, 61 of Arcadia, Ind., was charged with six counts of neglect of an animal and three counts of failure to dispose of a carcass.
" According to the suspect, they had been dead since snow. He observed them when the snow melted is how he explained it," explains Deputy Tom Rogers, with Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.
Animal control officers rescued two mini horses and six dogs from the property.
Five of the six dogs are Great Pyrenees. They are supposed to weigh between 85-100 pounds. The rescued dogs weighed between 24-43 pounds.
"Three had been living in the basement with zero windows and no light. The other two had been living outside. None had any water or food," explains Laura Snyder, with Hamilton County Humane Society.
Synder is certain if it would've been one more day the female dog, named Zeva, that weighed 24 pounds would've have made it.
"They are all on the road to recovery. They are doing great and putting on weight and their personalities are coming out now that they have some energy. They will have no problem finding a home," explains Snyder.
In addition to the five Great Pyrenees, a yellow lab was also rescued. He was in the best health and was adopted on Monday.
The day after the rescue, Humane Society workers said 15 chihuahuas were surrendered from that same home.
They suspected the chihuahuas were being used for breeding.
Chow posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail. His next court date is in May.
The two horses and five Great Pyrenees are expected to make a full recovery. A yellow lab was also rescued and was in the best health. The lab was adopted Monday.