Dog breeder jailed, held in contempt of court

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Thurman “Randy” Sanders is being held in contempt of court and has been taken to jail.

A contempt hearing was held Tuesday and a Tippecanoe County judge has ruled 67-year-old Sanders will be jailed until a time he can produce “Spud” his household dogthat he was supposed give up for neutering. Sanders ran a border collie kennel that has been sanctioned several times for poor conditions within the last year. All of his dogs but Spud were confiscated in April.

Judge Michael Morrissey ruled Friday that Sanders could keep Spud, but he had to give him up by 3 p.m. Friday to be neutered at the county’s expense. But when sheriff’s deputies arrived for the animal, the dog could not be found on the property.

At Tuesday’s hearing, the judge said Sanders has until noon on Tuesday, Aug. 4 to do so.

If Sanders complies within seven days, Spud will be neutered and returned to him. If he does not, Sanders will not be able to have any dogs in his possession.

The county has asked that he not be allowed any dogs. But the judge is allowing him the seven days before he is banned.

County attorney Doug Masson said in his testimony, Sanders said he knows where the dog is but is still not handing him over.

In court, Sanders stated Spud was “out of county.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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