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COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a case of alleged animal cruelty after one dog was found dead and three others malnourished in the backyard of a home on Oak Ridge Court. A second dog later died.

According to an incident report, deputies responded to an agency assist call at the home about 6:15 p.m. on June 25. A Newton County Animal Control officer had called for assistance after finding several dogs, all pit bulls, at the location in a state of malnutrition, including one deceased dog.

A neighbor had called in a concern about the dogs. When the deputies arrived, they made contact with the homeowner and received permission to check on the dogs, which were on tethers in the backyard.

The deputies reportedly found one dog that appeared severely malnourished lying dead with a collar around its neck. A second dog that also appeared severely malnourished was alive, but laying on the ground and unable to move. Two other dogs were also chained in the backyard also appeared malnourished.

The dogs were removed by Animal Control officers and a local veterinarian who responded to assist. The dog that was unable to move later died.

The Sheriff’s Office has an ongoing investigation, but no charges have yet been filed.

Oak Ridge Court is located off Womack Road in western Newton County.

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Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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