When Dalton police executed a search warrant Feb. 7 at the Kinders’ home on Mattie Street, they found 16 dogs, two baby goats, two turtles and a snake in the residence, and nine ducks in the backyard. They also found a dead turtle and several dead snakes.
Stephen Kinder, who was out of jail on bond following his Tennessee arrest, was scheduled to meet with Dalton investigators the same day of the search. He was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the parking lot of an American Legion post in Cleveland, according to the Cleveland Daily Banner.
It is unclear if Morgan Kinder was involved in her husband’s business, but Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier said she was aware of the neglect.
"Regardless of her involvement, she knew what was going on in the house," Frazier previously told AJC.com.
The aggravated animal cruelty charges are related to the deaths of the turtle and five snakes, the Daily Citizen-News reported. The other animals were living in deplorable conditions, the newspaper reported, with the 16 dogs kept in kennels and many covered in their own waste.
The dogs did not have adequate access to food and water, the grand jury charged.
Morgan Kinder was previously released from jail on bond. She is scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 19, according to the Dalton paper.