Woman faces more than a dozen animal cruelty charges

WICHITA FALLS - A 33-year-old Wichita Falls woman now faces about a dozen counts of cruelty to animals after charges were filed for an investigation last summer that alleges 13 dogs were left in a small apartment in filthy conditions.

An arrest warrant was filed January 24 for Angel Bright Sargent for 13 counts of cruelty with a $1,000 bond on each count, plus a $5,000 bond for a previous drug charge.

Sargent was booked into jail Saturday night.

According to the affidavit, a police officer investigating a disturbance in the 1700 block of 6th Street on August  24 heard numerous dogs whining and barking in a rear apartment. There was also a strong smell of urine from the apartment and the officer saw numerous dogs inside. Animal control was called and a seizure order for the dogs was obtained.

13 dogs were taken from the apartment and investigators say the floor was covered in urine and feces,  as was all the dog's fur.

Officers say sheetrock on the walls appeared to have been eaten or chewed by the dogs, and there was no water in containers, but they did find one pan of dry dog food.

An employee of the property management told officers Sargent was in the process of moving out and had not lived there for 10 days.

Authorities allege Sargent abandoned the 13 dogs in her custody without making arrangements for their care and confined them in a cruel manner.

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