Millsboro man sentenced in connection with fatal animal cruelty investigation
A Millsboro man who was charged after investigators found 14 dogs who were severely neglected and four other animals dead last November, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Sussex County on Thursday.
According to the Delaware Department of Justice, Atwood Timmons was sentenced on 10 counts of animal cruelty to one year of home confinement followed by one year of probation.
Timmons is also banned from owning or having an animal for the rest of his life. He was initially charged with 171 counts of animal cruelty for not providing sufficient heating or cooling for the animals, for failure to store food supplies for the animals, for not providing ample lighting for the animals, for not vaccinating the animals for rabies, etc.
The dogs were rescued on November 23 after Delaware Animal Welfare officers received a tip regarding several neglected dogs along with dogs running loose in a wooded area. When officers responded, they found the animals in poor condition and they found numerous dogs that needed immediate medical attention.
The property also reportedly seemed to be neglected and there was no evidence of food or water for the animals. The dogs were immediately taken to an emergency veterinarian hospital for urgent care. Many of the dogs also had injuries from trying to escape their confinement, parasites and other signs of neglect.
Several dogs who were not confined had to be captured over a day period. All dogs were taken to Brandywine Valley S.P.C.A. for medical and rehab care. Officials also said at the time that the animals would need around the clock care and intensive therapy for heartworm.
To report possible animal cruelty, people can call the Delaware Animal Services 24 hour hotline at 302-255-4646.