Man facing animal cruelty charges after 12 dogs found living in filthy home

Photo courtesy JPD


JONESBORO, Ark. – A local man faces over a dozen charges including 12 counts of cruelty to animals after a tip led authorities to find that many dogs sick, malnourished, cancerous, and living in one of the most disgusting situations a person could fathom.

But as NEA Report has learned, this man is already in trouble with the law and has been for the past 30 years.

On November 25, Jonesboro Animal Control was notified of the unsanitary living conditions of several animals in a home located at 405 E Johnson. AC Officers obtained a search and seizure warrant for all animals inside the home or on the property. JPD Officers and Jonesboro Code Enforcement assisted Animal Control in serving the search and seizure warrant.

Upon entry of the home, officers could see and smell urine and feces all over the home, along with debris, trash, and other items.

Probably the least awful photo of the many that police released.

Officers observed several dogs all over the house in incredibly unsanitary living conditions. During the search, officers seized 12 dogs from the home, including several who were very sick, ill, malnourished, underweight, and cancerous.

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All dogs were transported to Jonesboro Animal Control who will now begin the process of gaining control of the dogs to be able to start adopting them out.

The owner of the home, Roy Thomas, will be cited with 12 counts of Cruelty to Animals (5-62-103) and 10 counts of lack of Rabies Vaccination (20-19-305). Police say he hasn’t yet been located.

But that’s not the only case Thomas has against him from the State of Arkansas. NEA Report found at least three open cases against Thomas in Craighead County.

On May 19, Thomas was arrested for possession of meth/cocaine greater than two grams but less than 10 grams and drug paraphernalia, both felonies. That case was still in the process of being prepared when another arrest occurred.

On June 19, Thomas was arrested on charges later filed including possession of paraphernalia manufacture meth/cocaine; possess drug paraphernalia meth/cocaine/heroin/fentanyl; and possession of drug paraphernalia. The next court appearance in that case is on January 23, 2020 – a motion hearing.

He also was cited for failing to register his motor vehicle on October 9.

There also appears to be a November 14 arrest for third degree domestic battering, to which Thomas has pleaded not guilty. He will have a February 5, 2020 trial in district court.

Thomas is presently out on bond for his November 14 arrest.

These are just his arrests this year. There are a litany of charges Thomas has faced throughout the years. His earliest known charges date back to 1987 when he entered a guilty plea to felony theft of property at the age of 20.

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