Oglethorpe deputies investigating deaths of 16 dogs

The Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of 16 dogs found Aug. 11 at a home where the dog owner had been evicted.

The bodies were transported recently to the University of Georgia for necropsies, but Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Tyndell said Friday that the results of those tests are still pending.

The results are important in making a decision on whether to file any charges against the dog owner, whose whereabouts are currently unknown, according to Tyndell.

“It depends on the results of the necropsies and a follow up investigation. We don’t know his exact whereabouts right now, but we need to talk to him, obviously,” he said.

Oglethorpe deputies had gone to the house on Old Sanders Farm Road north of Crawford on July 19 to check on a report of animal cruelty.

“He had more than 20 dogs on site. They did need some attention,” Tyndell said, adding that the dogs had issues with worms and fleas.

“We put him on notice. Get more food and water and get the dogs attended to and he said … he had some hard times and didn’t have the money,” Tyndell said. The man did make some provisions to have the dogs wormed by a veterinarian and when deputies returned later Tyndell said there appeared to be “a great deal of improvement” in regards to food and shelter.

The owner of the property had proceeded with an eviction notice and on Aug. 1 the dog owner asked a judge for more time to find homes for the dogs, an extension that was granted by the judge, according to a Facebook post by Sheriff David Gabriel.

by Wayne Ford courtesy onlineathens.com

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