Putnam officials seize 172 dogs from Eatonton man

Officials with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and the state agricultural department seized 172 dogs today from an Eatonton man after the animals were found to be living in substandard conditions.

Sheriff Howard Sills said no charges have been filed yet against Barry Davis of Eatonton, but said he expected to do so within the next week. Davis has no previous arrests in Putnam County, Sills said.

Davis, who was a licensed dog dealer, didn't renew his license, Sills said. In addition, none of the dogs of varying breeds were up-to-date with their rabies shots.

"We inspected the premises and found a number of dogs in very bad condition," Sills said. "Some of the dogs were in cages that were stacked four high. ... This is the first one of these things I've been to, and it was pretty graphic. I don't know how to describe it."

Sills declined to specify what charges Davis could be facing, but did say they could include animal cruelty charges, which would be a felony. Davis also faces violations of county ordinances for the license infractions.

Sills said the Putnam County Animal Control shelter had taken several of the dogs, but the rest had to be farmed out to animal rescue organizations around the area because of the sheer number of dogs. Sills said some of the dogs that are in the most serious condition are with a Putnam County veterinarian. Sills said some of the dogs would have to be euthanized.