Jonathan Wilson, a Missouri veterinarian, faces an animal abuse charge after 45 dogs, a cat, and two cockatiels were taken from his home last week.
Court records showed that Wilson failed to provide adequate water, food and shelter. There were also bags of dead, decomposing dogs found on his property.
Previously, in 1984, Wilson was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to hire a hit man to kill a woman who had sued him for paternity.
Wilson’s vet license was reinstated after he served a year in prison.