- Indiana, Wayne County, USA -
On Tuesday, April 21, at his first court appearance, 31-year-old JOSHUA SCOTT SABADOS (pictured below), pleaded not guilty to a charge of animal cruelty, in Wayne County Superior Court with his public defender Sarah Welcome present.
On Saturday afternoon, April 11, Capt. Bill Shake with the Richmond Police Department, while he was on patrol, was flagged down by one of SABADOS’ neighbors.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, the neighbor had found four puppies running loose and took them back to SABADOS’ home in the 400 block of South Ninth Street in Richmond.
Capt. Shake then investigated the complaint and interviewed SABADOS.
According to the affidavit, Capt. Shake found the first-story floor covered in a thin layer of feces, with some piles of feces and noted an overpowering smell of animal feces.
The affidavit also states that the puppies were found in a laundry room with a feces-encrusted cushion, and they had feces matted in their fur.
Two adult German shepherds, a male and a female, were also discovered upstairs.
All six dogs were then removed, and SABADOS was arrested.
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office filed a Class A misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals against him.
By the Indiana legislature, the penalties for a Class A misdemeanor conviction include up to a year of incarceration and a fine of as much as $5,000.
SABADOS walked after posting a ridiculous $250 bond.
He will face Judge Darrin Dolehanty on July 10.
All six furbabies were taken to the Help the Animals shelter.