Woman Abandons 16 Dogs to Their Deaths in Foreclosed Home

Woman Abandons 16 Dogs to Their Deaths in Foreclosed Home

On December 13, 2017, two Midland, Texas bankers who were in the process of foreclosing on a home discovered sights and smells they will never forget. When they entered the abandoned home on East County Road 144, they were met with the pungent odor of rotting flesh, urine and feces. They soon discovered feces laden floors and cages containing the remains of what appeared to be dogs. Their discovery led to the arrest of Carly Jo Underwood, a former rescuer and a board member of a local animal shelter, who had forsaken her duty to these dogs in the most heinous way possible. We cannot let her get away with this!
Carly Jo had left her Midland home eight months prior to the gruesome discovery in order to stay with her mother in Nevada. She left behind sixteen vulnerable dogs to die horrible deaths who she imprisoned in the house. These were dogs she allegedly took home from the shelter to foster. The loose dogs who did not die in their cages cannibalized one another. Their horrid suffering wasn’t just starvation, it was the excruciating death of dehydration for most, if not all of the dogs. The president of the Dust Bowl Animal Shelter tried to assist with the identification of the dogs, but she noted, “There was just fur, fur everywhere.”
Carly Jo was arrested at 1:15 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2017, when information from her mother led the Midland County Sheriff’s Department to intercept Carly Jo returning to Texas on a flight into Midland International Air & Space Port. Carly Jo was arrested on sixteen counts of “cruelty to non-livestock animals – torture” and her bond was set at $80.000, or $5,000 per deceased dog. She faced three additional charges for vehicular violations.
Of this horrific case of calloused and inexcusable cruelty, Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter told KWES, “This is the worst case I’ve ever seen. The stench from the feces was horrible. They were just bones and hair.” In another station interview, the Sheriff shared that the dogs' cages were locked, leaving them no chance of escape.
What YOU Can Do
Please join us in letting Midland County District Attorney Laura A. Nodolf know that the world is watching and expecting that Carly Jo Underwood be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by making a polite call and sending our letter.

1) Make a polite call. 

District Attorney Laura A. Nodolf
Midland, TX
Phone: 432.688.4411 

Ask for Carly Jo Underwood to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for the incomprehensibly cruel deaths of sixteen dogs. 

2) Send our letter by filling out the form on the right-hand side of this page


Maximum Sentence for Carly Jo Underwood in Deaths of 16 Dogs

Honorable District Attorney Laura A. Nodolf;

I’m writing to you regarding the arrest of Carly Jo Underwood on Dec. 20, 2017 by the Midland Texas Sheriff’s Department for the gruesome deaths of 16 dogs she left locked in the home she did not return to for eight months. I believe you are aware of the case and also that Carly Jo Underwood left the dogs knowing full well that she was leaving to stay with her mother in Nevada, as she was in the middle of a home foreclosure. 

Underwood had worked with Dust Bowl Animal Shelter, where it’s believed she got the dogs, and could assuredly have called the shelter for help with the dogs.  She chose to leave the dogs to their morbid and excruciating fate. For this crime, she should suffer the fullest extent of prosecution and sentencing.  There is no excuse for her causing 16 innocent animals to languish, suffering hunger, cannibalism, and most likely death by dehydration.  Her crime is monstrous.

I implore you to use everything in your authority to see that Carly Jo Underwood’s prosecution and sentencing sets a standard for zero tolerance for cruelty and strikes fear into the heart of any person who might entertain the thought of harming an animal within your jurisdiction.

Most sincerely,

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