A 50-year-old Macon man has been charged by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office with elder abuse and 16 counts of animal cruelty.
Timothy Dunn, 50, was arrested after sheriff's deputies stopped at a home in the 900 block of Perdue Street to check on Dunn's 71-year-old mother. Deputies saw a large number of malnourished dogs and feces on the home's floor, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
The woman said she was fine and didn't need medical help, but neither she nor Dunn would let deputies inside the house about 7 p.m. Wednesday.
About 9:30 a.m. Thursday, deputies returned to the house with a search warrant and found several dogs living in "extremely dangerous and deplorable living conditions," according to the report.
Deputies removed Dunn's mother from the house and placed her with another family member, officials said.
Thirteen animals living inside the house and three living outside were removed from the property and taken to the county's veterinarian, according to the release. Dunn was arrested and charged with both elder abuse and animal cruelty.
The case is being investigated by the sheriff's office and the Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare Department.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff's office at 751-7500 and leave a message for the on-call property investigator. Tipsters also may call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
To contact writer Andy M. Drury, call 744-4477.