What started with an effort to serve a criminal summons on a house owner for allowing livestock run loose, ended with 55 animals seized and a Denton lady being charged with 10 counts of felony animal cruelty charges.
In a news release the Randolph Region Sheriff’s Office says that on June 14th, 2022 a Sargent with the department’s patrol division went to a house on Sandalwood Dr. in Denton to offer a criminal summons for livestock running at big on Melina Kay Robinson The Sheriff’s Office states that they we not able to locate Robinson that day, but while they were there the Sargent noticed signs of animal neglect, which he reported to Randolph County Animal Services.
Animal Services says the sent out workers that exact same day to attempt and speak with the owner however were also tried to speak with the homeowner the same day, but were also unable to reach anyone.
Animal Services returned with the Sheriff’s Office on June 17th, 2022and were able to make contact with Robinson who enabled deputies and Animal Services workers to look at the animals she had on the property.
The Sheriff’s Office states once it became clear that numerous animals were being ignored, and had been for some time, they called investigators with the department’s Criminal Investigations Department to come out and collect evidence and got a search warrant allowing them to seize the animals.
In total 55 animals were seized from the property by Randolph County Animal Services including 44 dogs, 7 cats, 1 bunny, 1 bird, 1 guinea pig, and 1 turtle due to due to poor living conditions, malnourishment, and apparent untreated wounds on some animal states the Sheriff’s Office. Twelve of the most critical animals were taken straight to vet clinics.
On June 20, 2022, Randolph County Animal Services reported that 12 of the canines taken for healthcare are back in at the shelter and remain in stable condition. Randolph Region Animal Services has actually begun coordinating appointments for the staying animals with local vet clinics.
Melina Kay Robinson was captured that day on scene and taken to the Randolph Region Prison where the magistrate found possible reason to bill her with 10 Felony counts of Cruelty to Animals She was provided a $25,000 protected bond and a first appearance was set for the afternoon of June 20, 2022, in Randolph County District Court.
Melina Kay Robinson.
10 Felony counts of Cruelty to Animals.
$ 25,000 secured bond