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Parke County man accused of animal cruelty after police said they found dead and malnourished animals on his property

The Parke County Sheriff's Office said the investigation started after they received a call about animal neglect at 6617 South U.S. 41, north of Lyford.

Posted: Oct 23, 2019 12:45 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2019 10:07 AM

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - A Rosedale man is facing charges after police said they found dead and malnourished animals on his property.

The Parke County Sheriff's Office said the investigation started after they received a call about animal neglect at 6617 South U.S. 41, north of Lyford.

Police said the animals belonged to 68-year-old Gary Dunkley.

While searching the property, police said they found several dead and malnourished animals.

There were reportedly several farm animals living in extremely poor conditions.

Three pigs, seven young calves, an adult cow, five sheep, two goats, and two ducks were removed from Dunkley's property.

Dunkley was arrested and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty and 10 counts of failure to dispose of a dead animal.

Police said cases like this are never easy.

"Most of the animals were standing in their own feces. Some of the cages were so small made of pallets. They couldn't move freely, and we found several dead animals. It's probably one of the worst animal cases we've seen around here in a long time," said Chief Deputy Jason Frazier.

"There were deceased animals, skeletons. When we actually loaded some of the animals there space was so confined, and it was almost like the first time they had walked again," said Frazier.

The animals were removed from the home and taken to Fountain County to be evaluated by the Indiana State Veterinarian's Office.

Dunkley could face up to 35 years behind bars if he's found guilty on all charges.

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