A Byron man is accused of beating a dog with a garden hose and leaving kittens in a tied-up, plastic grocery bag to die, police said.
Ronald Wade Trawick, 49, also is suspected of beating another dog to death and burying it in his yard, Byron police detective Melanie Bickford said. Additionally, Trawick is accused of neglecting other animals, Bickford said.
“We’ve not had an animal cruelty case of this size in the seven years I’ve been here,” she said.
Trawick, of the 100 block of Willliamsburg Trail, was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty -- a mix of felonies and misdemeanors, Bickford said.
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Neighbors called police about a dog being beaten with a garden hose Sunday at Trawick’s home, Bickford said. Trawick was arrested and taken to the Peach County jail.
Police found the bag of kittens Sunday under a table outside the residence, Bickford said.
The dog that had been beaten for chewing on the hose survived, she said. It suffered bruising from the beating.
Neighbors reported hearing the man say he was going to beat the dog all day and until it died, Bickford said.
Police were back at the home Monday.
Neighbors told police the dog that was removed from a shallow grave from the man’s yard allegedly was beaten because it took a steak off the table, she said.
Also, three kittens discovered in the grocery bag were rescued. The kittens, about a week old, are in the care of a veterinarian who is nursing them by hand at home, Bickford said.
Eight adult cats also were taken from the home with the help of Warner Robins Animal Control, she said.
Seven other dogs were also rescued and taken by Georgia Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation in Cochran. The dogs, all pit bulls, had been neglected, Bickford said.
The man allegedly was running a puppy mill, she said.
Police also found 18 marijuana plants of varied sizes, with the largest among them about 2 feet tall, Bickford said.
Felony drug charges are pending, she said.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to Bickford at 478-956-2493.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.