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Dogs found alone in RH home, owner charged
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County law enforcement and animal control officials on May 11 rescued more than a dozen dogs and puppies that had been living alone in a Wellington Oaks subdivision home in Richmond Hill.
Fred Scott has since been charged with three counts of animal cruelty after 14 dogs and puppies were removed from his abandoned 179 Lindsay Drive home.
“The inside of the house was appalling,” said Detective Micky Sands with the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department. “You couldn’t walk anywhere because of the feces that were all over the floor. And the smell was just awful – there was no ventilation in the house.”
The 14 dogs rescued included a Lab mix and her nine puppies around eight weeks old, three adult mixed-breed dogs and mixed-breed puppy around three or four months old, according to Bryan County Animal Control officer Thomas Sanders.
Sands said Scott was charged with only three counts of animal cruelty because the puppies had been nursing off of their mother and “seemed to be in pretty good condition.” But there was no food or water in the house, and the adult dogs were malnourished, he said.
Additionally, Sands said three of the dogs were in Scott’s custody while their owner was out of the state. However, those dogs have been returned to their proper owner, he said.
According to the incident report for the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department, Scott claimed he was stopping by the house to feed and water the dogs even though he was working a lot and in the process of moving. But neighbors told investigators they hadn’t seen anyone at the house in at least three or four days.
The dogs won’t be available for adoption until the case goes to court, which could take as long as a couple of months, depending on how Scott pleads to the charges.
But until then, the dogs are being cared for at the Bryan County Animal Shelter. Sanders said they have been to a local veterinarian for check ups and are being treated for various parasites.
“Once they are officially awarded to (the animal shelter) we will work on getting them adopted,” Sanders said.
And though the newly rescued dogs aren’t ready to be taken home yet, Sanders noted that there are plenty of other animals ready for adoption and available to see online at the animal shelter’s website, www.petfinder.com/shelters/GA396.html.
“We currently have 31 animals that have been deemed adoptable that we have picked up in this county,” Sanders said.
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