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Sheriff Focuses on Animal Cruelty; Arrest Made

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 10:45 am

Greg Cunningham (27) and Veronica Packard (22) were arrested on Decem-ber 22, and charged with animal cruelty.
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says the arrests happened after deputies responded to a call at their residence. A dog in the care of Cunningham and Packard was placed in the care of a third party. The sheriff says both were released on bond and will be in court on January 10.
This comes a week after Sheriff Shrum announced he would be cracking down on cases of animal cruelty in Grundy County.
“If you have a pet, you are required to give that pet food, water, and shelter. Summer, winter – you’ve got to do that. That is the state law, and if you don’t do that, then it’s called animal cruelty,” said Sheriff Shrum in a video posted to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Shrum featured a dog in that video that was emaciated. Later in the weekend in a subsequent post, Shrum announced that a family has adopted the dog to give it a loving home.
Third person arrested for animal cruelty
The crackdown on animal cruelty in Grundy County continued over the holiday weekend with a third arrest.
Sheriff Shrum said deputies were called to a home in Gruetli-Laager, where they found several dogs in poor condition.
The sheriff’s office says the owner of the dogs, Felisha Layne (28), could not prove that she had been feeding the dogs or providing them with any water. She was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.