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2 arrested in "disgustingly filthy" animal cruelty case

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Inside the home where officers found dog corpses and several other neglected dogs on the premises. 

 

Media Release from Pickens Sheriff

 

     Pickens County Georgia, May 21, 2018: Following a tip from a concerned citizen, deputies responded to a residence in the Twin Mountain Lake area of Pickens County. Upon their arrival, deputies observed the partially buried corpses of multiple dogs and observed several additional dogs coming in and out of a residence that appeared to be abandoned.

 

     Upon obtaining a search warrant, deputies and detectives were forced to wear breathing apparatuses to enter the home due to the odor of decay and fecal matter throughout the residence. During the execution of the search warrant, deputies discovered 2 other dogs living in crates found inside the home. Additional dogs were found to be roaming in and out of the home. According to detectives, every horizontal surface of the home was covered with fecal matter and filth.

    During the investigation, detectives were able to learn that the residence belonged to Thomas Lamar Raye and that it had been vacated months before the welfare check. Deputies also learned that James William Raye, the son of James, had been “caring” for the animals by feeding them.

   While on scene, a local veterinarian was requested to come to the scene along with Animal Shelter employees from Pickens County, the Pickens County Marshals Office, and Pickens County Fire and EMS. In addition, animal control officers from Cherokee County responded to assist in the capture of the remaining dogs at large. The local veterinarian stated that this case of abuse was the most “disgustingly filthy” that he had witnessed in 20 years.

   Four of the dogs that were able to be captured were evaluated by veterinarians and found to all have hookworms and roundworms. All dogs are currently in the care of the Pickens County Animal Shelter and being treated for their ailments. Traps are still remaining at the residence to attempt to rescue any remaining dogs that were unable to be caught on site.

   Detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants for both James and Thomas Ray for 2 counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals (Felony) and 4 counts of Cruelty to Animals (Misdemeanor). Both have been arrested and are held at the Pickens County Adult Detention Center awaiting a first appearance hearing before the Judge to determine bond amounts and conditions.

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people!
-25 #1 people! 2018-05-22 07:25
And you wonder why we have school shootings in this country. It's people like these redneck losers that are allowed to have pets, birth babies, and exist among us tax paying, God-fearing, decent humans that cause 99% of all problems in our world. Imagine hoe people like these treat their own kids! Sadly, the loser that was "caring for" these animals probably saw himself as a great humanitarian. Anyway, go ahead and comment about how mean-spirited I am with this comment. I completely expect it. Those that do comment negatively are the same types that treat animals like crap. Y'all git in yer trashed, illegal vehicles, without a drivers license, no insurance or proper registration and go git yer cigarettes, beer, and tater chips. EVERYBODY GOTTA HAVE A DOG! What a country!
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Bull Shot
-39 #2 Bull Shot 2018-05-22 14:16
Overstep of police powers. As true conservatives know there is no Constitutional protection for animals of any sort under our founding documents. Ridiculous how can you arrest men for what they do to animals? Not in the Constitution. We're losing all our freedoms in this country.
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STFU
+11 #3 STFU 2018-05-25 06:45
Quoting Bull Shot:
Overstep of police powers. As true conservatives know there is no Constitutional protection for animals of any sort under our founding documents. Ridiculous how can you arrest men for what they do to animals? Not in the Constitution. We're losing all our freedoms in this country.


What do you do to animals that you fear being arrested for? Are you arguing for a constitutional protection to abuse animals? Or are you in some kind of sick "relationship" with your dog, goat, chicken, etc.?
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Guest
-2 #4 Guest 2018-05-31 04:46
Quoting people!:
And you wonder why we have school shootings in this country. It's people like these redneck losers that are allowed to have pets, birth babies, and exist among us tax paying, God-fearing, decent humans that cause 99% of all problems in our world. Imagine hoe people like these treat their own kids! Sadly, the loser that was "caring for" these animals probably saw himself as a great humanitarian. Anyway, go ahead and comment about how mean-spirited I am with this comment. I completely expect it. Those that do comment negatively are the same types that treat animals like crap. Y'all git in yer trashed, illegal vehicles, without a drivers license, no insurance or proper registration and go git yer cigarettes, beer, and tater chips. EVERYBODY GOTTA HAVE A DOG! What a country!


Meanwhile, how many thousands of babies were murdered today in abortion factories. I must have missed the article where the brave men rescued them.
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Helen
-1 #5 Helen 2018-06-18 14:35
Pickens county is more money hungry then worried about how people treat their pets. They have the good old boy pat you on the back thing. I have neighbors that let their pets stay out in the heat, and talk to the kids like trash does Pickens county care NOPE. So they will pat these guys on the back and let them go so whats new.
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Helen
-1 #6 Helen 2018-06-18 14:37
you people don't care to see anyones comments or you would stop changing the code you've put up JUST LIKE SOME THING PICKENS COUNTY WOULD PULL
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