KEYSVILLE, Ga. (WJBF) — Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm in Keysville Georgia. When they arrived at the scene, they did not see any forced entry. However, they discovered a small brown dog chained up to a tree.

“One of the dogs was disfigured,” said Cheif Lewis Blanchard. “The chain was so heavy, and it rubbed into his neck so long, that it affected where he couldn’t even bark or do anything.”

The chain was tangled, preventing the dog from reaching any food or water. Another small grey dog was tied up on the opposite side. He was beginning to experience skin irritation due to the chain. the owner, Lacristifa Weaver, is facing a felony of aggravated cruelty to animals.

“For a felony, it’s a minimum of a year in jail,” said Blanchard. “Also of that, whatever fine apposed to include the fact things the veterans that are taking care of the animals.”

Animal control took the dogs and is making sure they are taken care of. Chief Blanchard says the sheriff’s office is cracking down on people who abuse pets.

“If you kill an animal, if you harm an animal to where they are disfigured, there are certain things if you do that to an animal that goes into the felony category,” explained Blanchard. “If you just failed to take care of them the way they need to be taken care of, like enough food and water, that’s a misdemeanor. Unless they die, then that also becomes a felony.”

He told NewsChannel 6 reporter Devin Johnson, having a four-legged friend is a long term responsibility.

“Everybody doesn’t have to have everything,” said Blanchard. “But at the end of the day, to allow an animal to become in such pain and such distress to where his body is disfigured; that is not acceptable by any standard.”

A deputy also told Devin, Weaver did surrender the dogs to the sheriff’s office. They are in the care of the Burke County Animal Shelter. Weaver is expected to go before a judge next week.

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – A Burke County woman is facing charges after deputies reportedly found two dogs in deplorable condition in her backyard.

Deputies responded to the 400 block of MLK Road in Keysville in reference to an alarm.

Once on the property, deputies found a small brown dog chained up to a tree by an iron link chain. The chain was embedded and infected so badly that the dog reportedly could not bark. The chain also kept the dog from reaching any food or water. The dog was extremely malnourished.

Another small grey dog was tied opposite the brown dog. He did not have any food, water or shelter. His chain was causing a skin irritation.

Deputies have charged 43-year-old Lacristifa Weaver with Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals.

Animal Control Director Chad Parrish took custody of the dogs and is making sure they are properly taken care of.