More than 60 animals seized in suspected animal abuse case in Sutter County

More than 60 animals have been rescued from what have been described as deplorable conditions in Sutter County this week. Police are investigating a case of animal abuse. A search and seizure warrant was executed Tuesday at a property on Sankey Road in Pleasant Grove east of Highway 99. With the combined efforts of the Sutter Animal Services Authority, the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office and Sutter County Code Enforcement, 63 animals were seized, including 39 dogs, 13 horses, seven cats and four exotic birds. The sheriff’s office arrested Lynette Countryman-Dunivan, 50, and Chad Dunivan, 51, in connection with the case. They face numerous felony charges, including animal abuse. Sutter County Deputy Sheriff Scott Smallwood said the animals were seized due to a lack of proper shelter, food and veterinary care. treating animals this way is even more heartbreaking and sad,” Smallwood said while explaining that additional charges could also be filed. Megan Anderson, animal services manager for Sutter, said the seizure of the 63 animals was their largest operation in the past 10 years. In a statement to KCRA 3, Anderson said, “Several animals were underweight, as determined by a licensed veterinarian… Of the animals seized, most of the underweight animals were horses.” Anderson also gave KCRA 3 more information about the conditions the animals lived in. In his statement, Anderson said, “There were animals living in areas without adequate protection from the sun and high temperatures. Additionally, some animals lived in areas that had not been properly cleaned and had an abundance of feces. to put Countryman-Dunivan behind bars, but it was difficult as she moved to different counties. “It’s just the devastation, animals suffering and dying. She’s a serial animal killer,” Caldwell said. These animals. Caldwell said arrests in the case are slow in coming. She and others attended a rally at Dunivan’s Pleasant Grove property over the weekend, which caught the attention of a sheriff’s deputy. Caldwell said that’s what led to the animal seizures and arrests days later. Caldwell told KCRA 3 she is grateful the animals are now safe. “They can’t speak for themselves. We have to,” Caldwell said. KCRA 3 also learned that Countryman-Dunivan had a criminal history. convicted in an animal neglect case in Multnomah County, Oregon, in 2006. Sutter County jail records show Countryman-Dunivan and Dunivan were released on bail Wednesday.

More than 60 animals have been rescued from what have been described as deplorable conditions in Sutter County this week. The police are investigating a case of animal abuse.

A search and seizure warrant was executed Tuesday at a property on Sankey Road in Pleasant Grove, east of Highway 99. Through the combined efforts of the Sutter Animal Services Authority, County Sheriff’s Office of Sutter and Sutter County Code Enforcement, 63 animals were seized, including 39 dogs, 13 horses, seven cats and four exotic birds.

The sheriff’s office arrested Lynette Countryman-Dunivan, 50, and Chad Dunivan, 51, in connection with the case. They face numerous felony charges, including animal abuse.

Sutter County Deputy Sheriff Scott Smallwood said the animals were seized due to a lack of proper shelter, food and veterinary care.

“To see that there are people who think it’s okay to treat animals this way is even more heartbreaking and saddening,” Smallwood said while explaining that additional charges could also be filed.

Megan Anderson, animal services manager for Sutter, said the seizure of the 63 animals was their largest operation in the past 10 years. In a statement to KCRA 3, Anderson said, “Several animals were underweight, as determined by a licensed veterinarian… Of the animals seized, most of the underweight animals were horses.”

Anderson also gave KCRA 3 more information about the conditions the animals lived in.

In his statement, Anderson said, “There were animals living in areas without adequate protection from the sun and high temperatures. Additionally, some animals lived in areas that had not been properly cleaned and had an abundance of feces.

KCRA 3 spoke to Diane Caldwell, who said she first learned of the alleged animal abuse in 2014. Caldwell said she had tried for years to put Countryman-Dunivan behind the bars, but it was difficult since she had moved to different counties.

“It’s just the devastation, animals suffering and dying. She’s a serial animal killer,” Caldwell said. “She just doesn’t have any empathy for any of these animals.”

Caldwell said arrests in the case are slow in coming. She and others attended a rally at Dunivan’s Pleasant Grove property over the weekend, which caught the attention of a sheriff’s deputy. Caldwell said that’s what led to the animal seizures and arrests days later. Caldwell told KCRA 3 she was grateful the animals were now safe.

“They can’t speak for themselves. We have to,” Caldwell said.

KCRA 3 also learned that Countryman-Dunivan had a criminal history. According to court records, she was convicted in an animal neglect case in Multnomah County, Oregon in 2006.

Sutter County jail records show Countryman-Dunivan and Dunivan were released on bail on Wednesday.

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