Man accused of neglecting animals free on bond; due back in court next week

Decatur County, IN — A Decatur County man accused of neglecting animals is free on bond.

Seventy-year-old James Hamilton is facing three Class A misdemeanor counts of Cruelty to an Animal after close to 300 sheep were seized from his property last week.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office says when deputies arrived at the property on the 4900 block of East County Road 280 North they found a number of neglected animals, including several that were either dead or dying.

Nearly 320 animals were removed from the property, while 24 others were dead and another 23 were euthanized on site.

The sheep that survived are being cared for at the Triple R Rescue Ranch.

Hamilton’s initial hearing took place earlier this week.

He is due back in court next Tuesday.