Former dog breeder faces three criminal charges

The booking photo from July 28, 2015, shows Thurman "Randy" Sanders. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A former dog breeder, in jail for contempt of court, now has criminal charges filed against him. Those three charges stem from a February incident.

Former Clarks Hill border collie breeder Randy Sanders faces three misdemeanor charges of neglect of a vertebrate animal. The charges come after Tippecanoe County Animal Control seized seven dogs from Sanders’ property in February.

Officers said the dogs were living in deplorable conditions including freezing conditions and feces-littered cages. They also said there was no safe drinking water for the animals.

One of the dogs taken away suffered from severe hip dysplasia. Another had a serious eye infection, which resulted in the dog losing the eye.

Sanders is currently in jail for contempt of court by disobeying a court order to hand over his house dog Spud to be neutered. Sanders has yet to reveal the location of Spud.

Sanders has until Tuesday at noon to do so. If that happens, Spud will be neutered and returned to Sanders. If that doesn’t happen, Sanders will not be allowed ownership of any dog.

A status hearing for Sanders is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. 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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