CHICAGO (STMW) — A veterinarian is facing felony animal cruelty charges after four dogs were found starved to death at a south suburban facility.

Dr. Amardeep Sangha, 54, faces three counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals, according to a statement from the Cook County sheriff’s office.

A Dolton police officer was dropping off a dog at the facility in the 15000 block of Lincoln Avenue in Dolton about 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 and noticed what appeared to be dead dogs and other animals in poor condition, according to the sheriff’s office. The village of Dolton housed stray animals at the facility.

The sheriff’s Animal Crimes Unit was contacted and found four deceased dogs at the facility, as well as eight dogs and a cat that were all in poor condition.

Necropsies found that three of the dogs died of non-accidental chronic starvation, and the fourth dog’s death was ruled inconclusive.

Sangha, of Naperville, appeared in court Monday and was released on his own recognizance.

Another hospital worker, 59-year-old Sharon Cargile of Chicago, was also charged but did not appear in court. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

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