Sheriff: Kansas man kept dogs in extreme filth, heat


A Kansas man has been arrested for animal cruelty after deputies seized 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 All Seasons Mobile Home Park north of Great Bend. The animal control officer advised them that the Golden Belt Humane Society had made several attempts to contact the owner of four or five dogs that were locked in a motor home.

Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the owner was being uncooperative.

The ambient temperature at the time was about 85°F a temperature reading was taken inside of the motor home and found to be approximately 130°F," Sheriff Bellendir said in a news release. "Officers did not know and were unable to determine when the last time the animals were fed or watered. The dogs were also living in an extreme state of filth."

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Deputies forced entry into the motor home and, along with the animal control officer, seized the dogs. They were taken to the Golden belt Humane Society for necessary treatment and proper housing.

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

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