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Dallas Police Sergeant Arrested, Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A Dallas police sergeant has been arrested and charged with Animal Cruelty.

According to officials in Italy, Texas, about 45 miles south of Dallas, someone called police on August 1 to report that several dogs were being abused. The caller said it was animal cruelty and that the animals were being locked in a house without proper food and water.

Two days later a police officer identified the homeowner as Kandy Standige, a DPD sergeant currently assigned to the Metro Task Force. After speaking with the officer Standige agreed to remove the animals, but after seeing the conditions the dogs were living in, their poor health and the fact that Standige failed to provide for their care, she was arrested.

The SPCA of Texas was contacted and took custody of six dogs and one goat. SPCA workers said the dogs were confined inside a "feces-filled, urine soaked house." The goat was found in the backyard. The animals were taken to various care centers and will remain there to be examined and cared for until a custody hearing.

Sergeant Standige is facing misdemeanor Animal Cruelty charges. She has been with the Dallas Police Department since 1995 and has been placed on administrative leave.

The Italy Police Department continues to investigate the incident and the DPD Internal Affairs Division is also conducting an administrative investigation.

Italy, Texas, is about 45 miles south of Dallas.

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