SALT LAKE CITY — A Washington City man charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty was due in court Tuesday.
Russell Hardy Smith, 50, was charged Jan. 5 in Washington Justice Court with cruelty to animals, a class C misdemeanor, and having too many dogs, an infraction.
Smith, who was charged with similar crimes in 2016, had been warned since October about having too many hound dogs living in an unsanitary kennel on his property, according to a search warrant unsealed Tuesday in 5th District Court.
On Oct. 21, Washington City officers found five dogs on the property with no food, water filled with algae, and feces covering the kennel, the warrant states. Two days later, the dogs were found living in the same conditions, and Smith was given a two-week warning to place the animals on separate properties because he had too many, according to court records.
Officers returned to the property Dec. 28 and found "the hound dogs to have no drinkable water and food inside of the kennel. One of the water buckets which contained water was completely frozen. (An officer) also stated that the kennels were very messy with feces, food on the ground, frozen water buckets with no available water inside the kennels, and the kennel floor had been dug up by the dogs in such a manner that it was a pit that collected all the dog's waste," the warrant states.Comment on this story
Police returned to the property the next day "and found one of the hound dogs dead and frozen in the pit of the kennel," the warrant states.
The water remained frozen with algae during checkups Dec. 30 and Jan. 2, according to the warrant.
During a checkup Jan. 10, an officer "found the ground to be very muddy and cold due to the rainy weather, and there was feces everywhere. (The officer) also found the inside of the plywood dog houses were wet and muddy, and it gave no adequate shelter for the dogs. (The officer) stated that all four dogs were wet, cold and shivering."