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Animal rescue group talks saving over 30 animals from Brooks Co. hoarding situation

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QUITMAN, Ga. (WALB) – A Brooks County man is dealing with animal cruelty fees after 31 canines have been discovered on his property.

Richard Jerry Mcleod, the identical man charged in a 2016 case when 70 canines have been hoarded, is dealing with greater than 30 animal cruelty fees.

The Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas County Animal Control and Fur Kids all responded to the scene.

Samantha Shelton is the founding father of Fur Kids, an animal rescue group.

She stated they didn’t anticipate so many animals have been in a position to be recovered.

Shelton stated two puppies died, but it surely may have been worse. She stated the first difficulty the animals confronted was malnutrition. Fortunately, she stated that’s simpler to return again from.

“One was tied to a tree. There was no way he could find a way to escape for food or water. So many, if not all, didn’t have access to the proper nutrition,” Shelton stated.

The animals have been uncovered to flees and mosquitoes.

Shelton stated extra assist is required to forestall all these instances.

“These people will go on to do it again. They prove it every time. They will go to do it again. They have to be policed, but we lack the resources to do it,” Shelton stated.

Fifteen puppies, seven canines and 9 kittens have been saved from the house on May 26. (WALB)

Shelton stated latest strides have been made in order that animal hoarding doesn’t proceed.

“Animal cruelty now is a felony. That’s been something we’ve been hoping for many years. So it’s a great thing now that it’s a felony,” Shelton stated.

Shelton stated they’re nonetheless uncertain of how the animals have been hoarded, however there are methods to forestall it from taking place.

“You can get them off animal control, you can get them off the street, you can get them on Craigslist. They post ‘free puppies, free kittens.’ We tell them don’t do that,” Shelton stated.

The animals are being held in Atlanta, however Shelton stated she is keen to work issues out if any South Georgians can be keen to undertake.

Thomasville/Thomas County (*30*) Society, who additionally responded and helped on the scene, issued the next assertion: “There is a long history with this hoarder in particular. We personally pulled three times the amount of animals off his property years ago. This time will hopefully be the last.”

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