INDIANAPOLIS - Animal control officers have rescued a dog from the home where police said children were drugged by an unlicensed day care operator last month.
The landlord of the property in the 9400 block of Gemini Drive, near East 25th Street and Post Road, was beginning to remove property as part of an eviction when she told police she discovered the abandoned dog Tuesday morning.
Stephanie Gribble, the operator of the unlicensed day care, has been in jail since February facing numerous felony charges of neglect of a dependent.
The Call 6 Investigators first reported on Gribble’s Feb. 14 arrest when police said four overdosed children were found in her care. Police said a 2-year-old girl had passed out completely while an 11-month-old acted as if she was drunk. The other children were reported to be drooling and dazed.
Police have accused Gribble of intentionally drugging the children in her care, and a raid of the home found a number of sedatives and other drugs that were apparently given to the children.
Some parents of the children attended Gribble's early court appearances , telling the Call 6 Investigators they were upset because they had trusted Gribble with their children.
The owner of the home where the day care was operating told Indianapolis Animal Care and Control officers on Tuesday that she has sent letters and placed phone calls to Gribble and her family in hopes of having property removed from the home, but she got no reply.
She provided officers with a signed eviction order, giving her authority to remove contents from the home. The landlord said she discovered the abandoned dog as part of that eviction process, so she called police.
Animal control officers found a permanent identification tag on the dog indicating its name is Lucky. Officers described it as a male Brindle pit bull.
Animal Care and Control Director Dan Shackle tells the Call 6 Investigators the dog appears to be healthy, apparently only going without food and water for less than one week.
He did not know who else had been caring for the dog since Gribble’s arrest.
Shackle described the dog as being only 8 months old, at a decent weight and "good looking."
He said the dog was behaving very aggressively, growling at officers and cowering when approached.
No photo is being released of the animal since it is part of an investigation, he said.
When Gribble faces a judge on the felony charge again next month, Animal Care and Control officers may serve her with a new ticket for abandoning the dog, as well as a number of citations involving the dog’s license and required rabies vaccinations.
When the dog was seized from the home, an official legal notice was placed on the front of the home advising of the animal being taken to the city pound.
The landlord told officers that, despite several calls and letters, no one from Gribble’s family had returned to the home to retrieve belongings or the dog.