Man accused of animal cruelty posts bond; dogs and cats removed

Man accused of animal cruelty posts bond; dogs and cats removed

lfabian@macon.comJuly 12, 2013 

A south Bibb County man charged with animal cruelty spent about 22 hours in jail before posting a $18,295 bond.

As a condition of his release, 52-year-old Raymond Allison Carlisle cannot have any animals in his care, by order of Magistrate Judge Barbara Harris.

Bibb Animal Welfare officers removed 12 cats and 9 dogs from his home Friday afternoon, said director Sarah Tenon.

Only a fraction of his several dozen farm animals seemed to remain on the property at 2169 Walden Road.

Tenon said Carlisle told one of her officers Thursday he wanted to sell the livestock to raise bond.

After two horses with ribs showing were discovered Wednesday, Carlisle was charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals.

One of the horses was put down Thursday due to an old injury that crippled its leg and left an overgrown hoof twisted backward.

Carlisle relinquished ownership of the other horse and three donkeys to the Georgia Department of Agriculture on Thursday.

State equine manager Mat Thompson said the donkeys were castrated Friday and the mare was settling in and eating.

“I expect it to take three or four months to get to an adequate weight. She was very emaciated,” Thompson said.

Wednesday night, Bibb County Assistant District Attorney Sara Roberts noted dozens of hungry animals in the backyard pens, including goats, chickens, turkeys and ducks.

Inside the house, dogs were in small crates without food or water and about a dozen cats, including kittens, roamed free with two goats, Roberts said.

As a result, Carlisle was charged with 13 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and received 26 citations for failing to have the dogs and cats inoculated.

While in jail Thursday, Carlisle agreed to release the dogs and cats to animal welfare officers, Tenon said.

“At this point we’re getting them impounded and profiled,” Tenon said.

Her department was also trying to determine if Carlisle’s rabbits were pets or raised as livestock for meat, which means they could fall under the Agriculture Department’s jurisdiction.

Any animals sold or given away would have to be accounted for, she said.

Although Roberts is investigating the case in her role as a prosecutor, she is also president of the Paws and Adopt rescue group that has volunteered to help foster the animals and find permanent homes.

Wednesday, the vice president of the organization, Jody Nelson, removed two 7-month-old puppies that were brother and sister living in the same crate inside the house.

“They’re truly craving attention,” she said.

Because they were caged, they need socialization.

“It’s almost like taking them back to babies and starting all over,” she said.

Dr. Charlie Ho, a Macon veterinarian, evaluated both animals, which had intestinal parasites, ear mites, fleas and their bones were showing, she said.

The inbred pregnant female was spayed Friday morning.

“She was in physically worse shape because any of the nutrients she was getting was going to the babies,” Nelson said. “There are several like this out there.”

Tenon said the dogs and cats were being physically evaluated Friday afternoon.

“We can’t allow them into homes unless they are healthy,” Nelson said.

When The Telegraph wanted to speak to Carlisle at his house Friday afternoon, his son promised to deliver the message to his father, who he said was not home.

The young man refused to comment about whether they were making progress with removing the animals.

Offers to adopt livestock flooded into the nonprofit organization’s Facebook page and from emails to pawsandadopt@aol.com.

But Nelson said what they really need is foster families and donations to care for the domesticated animals until permanent homes are found.

“So they can get out of a boarding situation and blossom and be able to be adopted.”

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