Three arrested in case of felony animal cruelty


The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, while in the process of executing an arrest warrant, uncovered a case of alleged animal cruelty that resulted in the arrest of three individuals.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, at approximately 9:46 on Aug. 2, deputies with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit went to 1343 Apartment B, Jackson St., to attempt serve an arrest warrant for battery on Stephen Blanton.

Deputies searched the area for the wanted person, but were unable to locate him.

Dix reported that while still on scene, deputies found Felix Brownlee and William Brownlee in the back yard of the residence with a brown and white dog that was chained to a tree with the other end of the chain around its neck.

Authorities say the men had a pair of channel lock pliers and they were pulling on the chain when the deputies observed that it was deeply embedded in the flesh of the dog’s neck.

“The chain had been on the dog’s neck for such a long period of time that as the dog grew its flesh had actually grown over and through the links of the chain and it was under its skin. It was horrible and the dog was in considerable pain. The photographs taken at the scene are disturbing,” Dix said.

Spalding County Animal Control was contacted, took custody of the dog and transported it to a local veterinary hospital for treatment.

“Based on the investigation and the Veterinarian’s observations, Jennifer Brownlee, William Brownlee and Felix Brownlee were arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals which is a felony. All three have been taken in to custody and are being held in the Spalding County Jail,” Dix said. “Initially it was thought that the dog, Jake, would have to be euthanized. After consulting further with the veterinarian, it was determined that instead of euthanizing Jake, surgery would be conducted to remove approximately seven inches of skin as deep as three inches from his neck in order to fix the damage caused by the chain. The surgery was completed yesterday and as of this morning Jake is doing fine. Captain Keith Duncan, Sgt. Michael Chadwick, Corporal Ryan Bowlden and I have volunteered to help offset the cost of the surgery and treatment that right now stands at a little over $1000.00. According to the veterinarian more treatment will be needed before the Jake gets a complete bill of health. If you are interested in helping out you can call Sgt. Chadwick or Cpl. Bowlden at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, 770.467.4282 for more information.”


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