UPDATE 9/19/19 - Pet owner Cory Bradbury spoke on the telephone with Terre Haute City Court Judge Matthew Sheehan today. The court has ordered the two dogs to be euthanized. Bradbury and Jamey Mills plan to appeal the decision within the allowed time period of 15 days.
Please contact Cory and Jamey directly to show your support or offer advice.
By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
Code enforcement officers recently went to a Terre Haute residence, flashed a photo of an injured dog and then caged up two suspect dogs before removing them from their owners' custody.
No previous citations or medical bills were brought to the attention of the owners, Cory Bradbury and his domestic partner, Jamey Mills, before their longtime pets were seized. They were informed the dogs likely would be euthanized.
"It happened suddenly," Mills said. "They are claiming our dogs got out and picked up a small dog and tossed it around -- which caused $10,000 worth of vet bills."
Nearly one month ago, on Aug. 20 at 11 a.m., the officers wrote citations for both dogs on the local ordinance violation "dangerous animals prohibited," according to court records.
It has been an emotional experience for all involved. The callous behavior from the animal control officers made it even more gut-wrenching, they said.
"She [one of the officers] smiled the whole time they were putting our babies in the cages," Mills said.
The matter is pending in Terre Haute City Court at this time. The outlook is not favorable for the pets, as city ordinances (available to view online) outline details for the removal of animals. City code enforcement officers have the authority to take any pet, for any reason they see fit.
Nonetheless, Mills and Bradbury remain hopeful to get their dogs back home.
They describe their two male dogs -- Berkely, the black chow mix, and Archie, the brown pit bull -- both as loving and kid and pet friendly, not vicious. In fact, they are certain their animals had not gotten out of the yard the day the other dog was allegedly attacked.
Meanwhile, Mills and Bradbury are hoping they can, in the very least, spare the lives of their dogs.
"We will do whatever it takes to save them," Mills said.
By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
A search is underway for a Vigo County Jail inmate who was erroneously set free nearly two weeks ago.
The cell doors swung open for Gregg F. Shepherd,48, of Terre Haute, Sept. 5. Who was he to argue when Jail personnel made such a blunder?
Shepherd was booked into the jail July 18 on a slew of charges that include criminal confinement, battery and theft. Two additional warrants were issued for Shepherd’s arrest, remanding him back to the county jail. His last known address is 7123 S. Saginaw Place.
Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse explained today that Shepherd was released without a court order and should not have been permitted to go at that time. Officials were made aware of the mistake discovered on Sept. 13.
Surrounding law enforcement agencies have been notified with a request for assistance in locating Shepherd.
Meanwhile, a review of internal procedures on the release of inmates is ongoing.
"I have asked our team to review all internal procedures to determine how this error occurred and to train and implement procedures that will prevent such a premature detainee release in the future," Plasse said.
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