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In a follow up to an animal cruelty investigation from May, Howard County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest: Former Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy, James Dunlap, was arrested this morning, June 11, 2019 on charges of animal cruelty.


Sheriff Stan Parker tells KBest News that Dunlap had resigned from the Sheriff’s Department in January on a unrelated matter. The charges of animal cruelty are the result of the investigation launched May 6, 2019 when the Howard County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 5100 Blk of Sterling, in Howard County. Upon arrival, deputies located one dog in a fenced enclosure that appeared to have been neglected and malnourished. Contact was made with the owner of the dog and the dog was voluntarily released to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. The dog was then turned over to Big Spring Animal Control so it could be taken to a veterinarian for proper care.

As with all cases of this nature, investigators must have suspicion of malnourishment and neglect confirmed by a licensed veterinarian before a charge can be filed. The dog was taken to a licensed veterinarian on May 6, 2019 and the veterinarian did confirm the dog was malnourished and neglected. Upon completion of the resulting investigation, the arrest was made. Dunlap’s bond was set at $5000.00 and he is now awaiting prosecution.


The dog had been transported to the Big Spring Animal Shelter for care last month, and has since been rescued by an animal adoption organization.

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