Four dogs rescued, one put down in animal cruelty cases

hgoodridge@macon.comJuly 17, 2013 

Bibb County deputies were called out on two animal cruelty cases in as many days this week.

The first call was made around 7 p.m. Monday, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

A passer-by called authorities after hearing a dog in distress in the 6400 block of Fulton Mill Road.

The responding deputy pulled into the driveway of the mobile home and saw four dogs on the property. Of three bulldog mixes, one was pregnant and running loose, and another one was tied to a 5-foot lead attached to the bumper of a dump truck. A male dog was attached to a 20-foot lead that was tied to another vehicle on the property. There was also a shepherd mix that appeared to be very sick.

The dogs did not have food, water or shelter, and the area was swampy with lots of mosquitoes and ticks, the report said.

The Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare office took custody of the dogs, but officers were unable to catch an injured cat.

Deputies are trying to make contact with the owner to issue citations, according to the report.

The other case happened about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday on Houston Road.

A woman said she was watching a dog for a resident who was out of town, according to another sheriff’s report.

The woman told the responding deputy she last saw the dog about 2 p.m. When she returned home, she noticed the dog had been harmed with some type of hot liquid.

All of the fur on the dog’s back appeared to be pulled away from the skin as a result, and maggots covered the open skin, the report stated.

The deputy called the Animal Welfare office.

The vet who examined the dog said the injury appeared older than 32 hours. The vet also said the dog had not been properly fed. It was put to sleep.

The woman who said she was watching the dog was cited for not reporting animal cruelty and the owner was cited for cruelty to an animal, a leash law violation and having no proof of vaccination, the report said.

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