German Shepherd breeders charged with animal cruelty in Putnam County

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. — Putnam County prosecutors have filed 25 animal cruelty charges against the owners of a dog farm where police say more than 30 German Shepherds and a Rottweiler were found emaciated, covered in feces and urine, and without access to food and water.

Court documents say a Putnam County animal control officer was first called to Vom Greystone Guardians (South County Road 800 West) on September 8 after breeder Julia Ann Gray asked for help. assistance in obtaining food for the dogs on the property. She said she owned the property with James Gray, her brother.

The animal control officer found a severely emaciated German Shepherd lying in a field and had him transferred to a local veterinarian. The vet declared the dog’s injuries “unrecoverable” and had to put the dog down.

After observing dozens of other grime-covered dogs in unventilated spaces with no food or water, the animal control officer had deputies escorted from the sheriff’s office the next day to seize the animals.

According to a Putnam County corporal’s report filed when deputies surveyed the area, more than 30 dogs were found in multiple buildings on the property:

  • 11 dogs in a shed at the east end of the property. The animals were housed in cages stacked on top of each other. A dog died in its crate.
  • 5 dogs in a shed at the west end of the property. The dogs were housed in cages and the temperature inside the shed was 96 degrees. The Rottweiler was in this building.
  • 19 dogs found in makeshift dorms / van parked next to dorms. Julia Gray claimed that one of the dogs, a Blue Heeler, was her service dog. The sheriff’s report said the hooker was the only dog ​​on the property that did not appear emaciated.
  • 1 severely emaciated dog lying in the field.

According to court documents, rigor mortis had set in in the deceased dog, which was covered in flies and was also beginning to decompose. Three of the other dogs in the same shed were taken to an emergency vet as they appeared to be anemic.

Opening the door gave off a strong smell of feces and urine. The box was filled, according to my estimate, with several hundred flies.

Report from the Sheriff’s Corporal on the conditions inside the shed at the west end of the property

Deputies at the scene described the sheds as smelling strongly of faeces and urine and said none of the dogs had visible food or water.

When asked for vaccination records, court records indicate that Julia Gray gave several incomplete forms. Putnam County Animal Country Director Terry Eastham told police that none of the records had names and they were all outdated.

From the inside, no visible ventilation or installation of fans could be seen. The window and the door were closed and blocked from the outside.

Report from the Sheriff’s Corporal on the conditions inside the shed at the west end of the property

Court documents show Julia Gray told investigators people had ‘thrown’ the dogs onto her property. She also claimed that some of the dogs belonged to a neighbor whose house burned down.

When pressed about vaccinations and vet records, the corporal’s report showed she had given several different locations for the vet she had used, including the “Terre Haute Airport vet “, but no specific name.

The corporal said he noticed Julia Gray “smiling and even laughing” as the workers tended to the dogs. He says when she heard they were taking the dogs away, she said it didn’t matter and she would “just find more dogs and keep breeding”.

According to police, of the 36 dogs found on the property, 33 were seized. The service dog stayed with Gray. As already stated, one of the other two dogs was already dead and another dog had to be put down by a veterinarian.

The Grays were charged with 25 counts of animal country.

The dogs were temporarily taken to Putnam County Animal Care and Control, and some were later released into Indiana GSD and Siberian Husky Rescue, Inc. for foster care placement.