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Germantown Man Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

Montgomery County Animal Services Division police have arrested a Germantown man on two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and inhumane treatment after he left his family dog’s wounds untreated and to become infested with maggots.

Police arrested Ronald Vaughan, 34, of the 13600 block of Deerwater Drive in Germantown. According to authorities, the incident began on Tuesday, June 21 when an Animal Services officer responded to the Deerwater Drive residence and found a small dog laying on its side inside a crate that was covered with a towel. The officer could hear the dog’s cries of distress and could see a number of flies circling the crate.

When questioned by investigators, Vaughan said that he had been out of town, and a friend had been caring for his family dog Cholula. Investigators said the friend had notified Vaughan about the “many flies on her.”

Investigators also noted wounds found on the dog and said the origins were unknown. According to officials, Vaughan said he had plans to take Cholula to the veterinarian, but it was later confirmed that no appointments had been made. Meanwhile, Cholula was placed outdoors because of the odor she was emitting, investigators said.

The dog was brought her back to the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center for treatment. Officials say Cholula was immediately examined by the Chief Veterinarian, who was able to see the extent of the maggot infestation on Cholula’s body wounds and cavities. Officials said that Cholula was in severe pain, and the opportunity to treat her had passed. She was euthanized at the shelter.

Vaughan was arrested on Wednesday, June 22. MCASAC Officers seized two other pets from the home—a cat and a 6-month-old-puppy—when they arrested Vaughan. Each charge of animal cruelty carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000. Vaughan is expected to be in court to answer for these charges on August 8 in Rockville.

According to MCASAC officials the Vaughan family has appealed to retain ownership of the puppy and cat with Animal Matters Hearing Board, which was seized from the home. Pending the outcome of the case, the animals may be available for adoption once the case is adjudicated.

“This is an unfortunate case that ended with the euthanasia of an animal that, if properly treated, could have lived a much longer, healthier life,” Tom Koenig, Director of the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, said. “The public should be aware of both state and local laws that protect animals, especially with regard to obtaining medical care for those who are injured or are suffering,” Koenig said.

Animal Services Officers are on duty seven days a week to investigate citizen complaints and respond to animal emergencies 24 hours a day. Anyone can report abuse, or suspected abuse, to the Animal Services Division at 301.279.8000.


Top: Police arrested Ronald Vaughan of Germantown on two counts of animal cruelty.

Next: On June 21, a Montgomery County Animal Services Police Officer found Vaughan’s family dog Cholula outside in the yard of the Deerwater Drived home, in a crate covered with a towel.

Photos courtesy MCASAC.