Great Bend man arrested for animal cruelty

Starving dogs kept inside a 130-degree home

May 26, 2018 - 1:05 am

A Kansas man was arrested for animal cruelty after deputies recovered several dogs that were being kept in extreme heat and filthy conditions.

Barton County deputies were called at around 4 p.m. Thursday to assist an animal control officer at the All Seasons Mobile Home Park north of Great Bend. The Golden Belt Humane Society had made several attempts to contact the owner of several dogs that were locked in a motor home, but the owner was being uncooperative. 

Once they were able to get inside the home, officers discovered that the inside temperature had reached 130 degrees, and it couldn't be determined when the dogs had last been fed or given water. The animals were also very dirty.

Deputies seized the dogs and took them to the Golden Belt Humane Society for necessary treatment and proper housing.   

The owner of the dogs, identified as David Hester, was arrested for animal cruelty. He was released from jail after posting $2,500 bond. 

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