- Georgia, USA -
The male in the picture is RICHARD JERRY MCLEOD.
On March 16, 2016, animal control officers removed 72 dogs who were hoarded on his property on Liberty Church Road. At the time MCLEOD faced animal cruelty charges.
Let’s fast forward to 2022, and MCLEOD is facing more than 30 animal cruelty charges.
On May 26, 2022, the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelter, and Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society removed from his property: 15 puppies, 9 kittens, and 7 dogs.
In a Facebook post, Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelter wrote: “The condition these animals were in is tearing our hearts apart: starvation, malnourishment, dehydration, bondage, worm loads, etc.”
WALB reports that Samantha Shelton, founder of Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelter, said two puppies and one dog sadly died. She explained that the primary issue the animals faced was malnutrition.
“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,” she said.
Ms. Shelton added that the animals were exposed to fleas and mosquitoes.
According to the Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelter, MCLEOD was arrested after trying to flee the scene.
Ms. Shelton also told WALB: “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.”
WALB reports that MCLEOD had a bond hearing scheduled for May 30.
At time of writing, I have not found any updates on the case.
Those of you who regularly read animal cruelty stories are very much aware that when it comes to a hoarding situation, the organizations involved in the rescue of the VOICELESS VICTIMS find themselves facing incredible hardship!
It cost money to transport the furbabies to shelters, to vet them, provide them with medical care and so on.
If you wish and can afford to help out, please click here. You can also help Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelter by fostering. Thank you!
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