An Augusta woman is behind bars and charged with 2 counts of felony animal cruelty after deputies found over a dozen dogs living in an unoccupied home. According to the incident report filed, the responding deputy found the animals at a home off Alden Drive in Augusta.
A witness told investigators, the owner of the home was running a rescue shelter and there were over a dozen dogs of various breeds at the home. Upon investigation, Richmond County deputies observed there was no power or air conditioning at the home.
Officers with animal control say, there was no water in many of the bowls located inside the home and the residence had a strong odor of urine and feces. Officers observed 2 small dogs laying dead around a food bowl and another deceased dog laying on a bed in one of the bedrooms. Several of the dogs removed from the home were observed to be breathing, but not moving.
The incident report states that in total, 18 dogs were removed from the residence and 6 of those were dead. The incident is still under investigation by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office along with Richmond County Animal Control.