Arrest warrants issued in animal cruelty case in Dalton
Updated: Feb 22, 2019
The Dalton Police Department has obtained warrants for the arrest of 26 year old Morgan Kinder of Dalton in relation to an investigation of animal cruelty. She is charged with six counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and 16 counts of cruelty to animals. The Dalton Police Department began an investigation into reports of animal cruelty earlier this month after learning that the late Stephen Kinder was housing animals at his home that were being neglected. Kinder had been arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty in Bradley County, Tennessee after an investigation of his dog training business there. The Dalton Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence in Dalton shared by Stephen Kinder and his wife Morgan Kinder on February 7th. Investigators found dozens of animals in poor health suffering from obvious neglect and living in deplorable conditions. The animals were taken from the home and were relocated to be cared for. Morgan Kinder is being charged with six counts of aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with five dead snakes and one dead lizard that investigators found in the home during a search of the residence. She is charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty for the 16 neglected dogs that were found on the property.