Muncie man arrested in Indianapolis after 6 dogs found dead in home

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Dion Boyd Sloss

Update (June 1, 2016)– Police say Dion Sloss was taken into custody in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

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4 Fast Facts:

  • A Muncie man named Dion Boyd Sloss is wanted on animal cruelty and drug charges.
  • The animal cruelty charges stem from the discovery of 6 dead dogs discovered at Sloss’ house in March.
  • A Muncie Animal Shelter official told the Muncie Star Press that at least one of those dogs starved to death.
  • Ten other dogs were also discovered in the home alive and are now in foster homes.

MUNCIE, Ind. — A Muncie man is wanted on animal cruelty charges after six of 16 dogs were found dead in his home in March.

Dion Boyd Sloss, 45, who lives in the 1700 block of East Delaware County Road 800-S, is facing 16 counts of cruelty to an animal.

Phil Peckinpaugh, the director of the Muncie Animal Shelter, told the Muncie Star Press that the 10 surviving dogs were either living in standing water or on piles of feces, and did not have access to fresh food or water. Those dogs are beagles and cane corso mastiffs, and the six dead dogs were beagles.

An autopsy conducted at Purdue University on one of those dogs showed it had starved to death, according to Peckinpaugh. The shelter director told the Star Press that the 10 surviving dogs are now in foster homes and believed to be in good health.

The charges against Sloss are Class A misdemeanors carrying maximum one-year jail terms. He has been mailed a summons to attend an initial hearing July 11 in Delaware Circuit Court 4.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. marshals have been searching for Sloss since the dogs were found at his home.

Sloss also has outstanding warrants for drug charges.

If you have information on Sloss’ whereabouts, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s department at 765-747-7878.

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