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Animal Cruelty Allegations
Friday, 19 February 2010

February 19-- Kathy Bradford from The Advance forwards this story from the ASPCA regarding alleged animal cruelty in Washington County.

Alleged fighting dogs left to starve
 
 NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of
 Cruelty to Animals®), under the authority of the Washington County,
 Ga. Sheriff’s Office, today removed 25 alleged fighting and breeding
 dogs from a 25-acre property near Sandersville, Ga.
 
 Working in conjunction with teams from United Animal Nations and
 Sumter DART (Disaster Animal Response Team), the ASPCA’s Field
 Investigations and Response team removed 25 dogs from the property at
 1750 Ohoopee Church Rd., approximately 130 miles southeast of Atlanta.
 At least 25 emaciated dogs were discovered, chained to tire axles and
 posts that dotted the property, and another 27 were found dead and in
 various stages of decomposition.
 
 “It’s bad enough that these dogs were treated cruelly and raised in
 horrible conditions,” said Tim Rickey, the ASPCA’s Senior Director of
 Field Investigations and Response. “But to leave them like this to
 starve is incomprehensible and speaks exactly to the kinds of heinous
 crimes the ASPCA fights day in and day out.”
 
 Washington County authorities intend to arrest the caretaker of the
 animals, who claims that the original owner of the dogs did not
 provide them with adequate food and other necessities. Other arrests
 and animal cruelty charges are anticipated.
 
 “This has been going on for much too long,” said Washington County
 Sheriff Thomas Smith. “We are committed to fighting animal cruelty in
 all its forms.”
 
 “We are grateful to be able to respond to this situation, and for the
 agencies assisting us,” said Deputy Lynn Schlup of the Washington
 County Sheriff’s Office, who contacted the ASPCA approximately three
 weeks ago for assistance. She said none of the dogs were current on
 vaccinations.
 
 The dogs were transferred to an emergency shelter at an undisclosed
 location in Washington County provided by Vanguard Associates. They
 will be triaged by ASPCA veterinarians Dr. Melinda Merck and Dr.
 Robert Reisman, along ASPCA veterinary technicians, and assisted by
 Dr. Jason Byrd, Associate Director of the Center for Forensic Medicine
 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The dogs will be cared
 for at the temporary shelter by volunteers of United Animal Nations
 until a forfeiture hearing.
 
 All of the dogs are emaciated and undernourished; some are suffering
 from untreated injures, respiratory problems and open wounds. Tethered
 by log chains, the dogs were discovered without food, water or
 adequate shelter, shivering in the freezing temperatures.
 
 Authorities believe that the dogs rescued were used for fighting.
 “They bear the battle scars consistent with those of fighting dogs,”
 Rickey said.  ““Being on log chains 24/7 is no way to live,” he added.
 “These dogs have lived a miserable life, and are just as starved for
 human contact.”

 
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