Gwinnett County Police Department shared before and after photographs of two dogs rescued from a neglect situation earlier this month. The owner was cited for animal neglect in the case of both dogs as well as no restraint violation for one and a tethering violation on the other.
“Two dogs are now receiving affection and proper medical care since they were seized during a recent neglect case,” Cpl. Michele Pihera, Gwinnett County public information officer, said in a press release.
Pihera said the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter received the complaint on Jan. 3 from a Buford resident that a black dog had been running loose for several days. The complainant gave the address he thought the dog lived at as 1477 Railroad Avenue in Buford and said the dog appeared to have an injury to his right hip. An animal control officer responded and was able to secure the dog. When he visited the home he reportedly found another dog tethered to a tree.
“The tether was wrapped around the tree and the canine had only about 3 feet of cable. The canine had no food or water and only had a plastic dog crate for a dog house. The crate was full of water and mud. The cable would not allow [the] canine to reach the crate or any food or water,” the officer wrote in the report.
Nobody was home, but the officer impounded the animals and they were both taken to a local vet and then to the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. The citations were subsequently issued to Elaina Green.
Pierre said the two dogs appear to be thriving at the shelter.
“It is apparent by the before and after pictures that they are happy and gaining weight. These two boys (a black lab and pit bull) are the best of friends and stay side-by-side when they play outside. Their recovery won’t be easy as both of them are heart worm positive,” Pihera said in the press release, going on to note that, because of their ongoing medical needs, the dogs will only be available to a Rescue Group and not through the GC Animal Shelter.
“The staff assigned to Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit is committed to helping animals in neglect and abuse cases. Their care continues until all of them are safely rehomed. It’s heartwarming to see the progress these boys have made in such a short period of time,” Pihera said.
To report any animal abuse, you are urged to call the GCPD 911 Center non-emergency line at 770 513-5700. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637).