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No charges in Andersonville dog death

No charges were filed in the case of a dog found dead at an Andersonville home over the weekend.

In an incident that gained some attention on social media, a dog was found hanged to death by a chain and two other dogs and a cat were also found on the property. The woman who called authorities last Saturday told deputies that she had let one dog out of a kennel, and that it appeared to be injured. She said there was no food or water in the kennel. A puppy was located in a dog crate on the front porch, the inside of which was described by deputies as being “covered in urine and fecal matter.” A kitten that appeared to be malnourished, according to the report, was also located at the house.

Neighbors reported not having seen the animals’ owner in about a week. The owner of the animals was called to the scene and spoke with deputies, telling them that he had been at the house a “couple of days earlier” with food for the animals, which he said he was trying to find homes for. He said he was in the process of moving and that he was unable to bring them with him. He agreed at the scene to surrender all of the animals.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and the county Animal Control Officer investigated the report.

One dog was reportedly given to a neighbor, while a puppy and a cat were surrendered to animal control authorities and will be placed up for adoption.

No charges were filed in the case, as investigators say that a charge of animal cruelty requires an intent to harm or injure the animal, and in this case, the death of the dog was an accident.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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