Clark Co. man charged after law enforcement find dead animals

HUMBIRD, Wis. (WEAU)— A Clark County man faces seven charges after law enforcement officers find dead and malnourished animals at his property.

Court documents show 46-year-old Russell Sandley is charged with two counts of failing to provide food for animals, two counts of failing to provide water for animals, and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a criminal complaint, law enforcement officers were dispatched to Humbird on July 12 for a complaint of animal neglect.

A witness told officials she saw a little black dog getting trampled and by other puppies. She also told deputies two dogs were eating the smaller ones, and many of them had bones showing.

The criminal complaint says when law enforcement officers contacted Sandley about the puppies; he said he was trying to find them homes.

Clark County Sheriff Deputies say they also found a small skull in one of the dog kennels as well as skin and fur on the ground. Officials say when they asked how the dogs died, Sandley responded the dog was not dead yet.

The criminal complaint also says Sandley admitted to officials he had marijuana.

Dr. Jamie Clark at Northwood Vet Service says the body conditions of the animals were very low and it appeared one of the dogs was not fed or watered for a considerable amount of time.

Sandley is scheduled to be in court December 11.