By Patrick Yost
A Madison man faces 10 counts of cruelty to animals after a Madison ordinance officer investigating a junk car on Billups Street found five emaciated Pit Bull mix dogs.
According to Sgt. Scott Pittocchelli, the dogs were all chained to a tree behind a residence at 1349 Billups Street using logging chains. According to the Humane Society of the United States website, heavy chains are often used by Pit Bull owners to increase muscle mass for fighting. On Monday, Dwight Floyd, 38, turned himself to authorities at the Morgan County Detention Center to face the charges. Pittocchelli said two counts of cruelty to animals applies to each dog in relation to what he said was a lack of feeding and a lack of medical attention. All the dogs suffered from ring worms and hook worm. City officials secured the dogs and transferred them to a veterinarian.
Pittocchelli said Floyd voluntarily surrendered the dogs to authorities and it is hoped that the dogs can be rehabilitated and put up for adoption.
“None of the dogs at this point have to be put down,” he said.
On February 2 Madison Ordinance Control Officer Phillip Malcom went to Floyd’s Billup Street residence in regards to an inoperable vehicle. Malcolm wrote in a report that he observed a white SUV that appeared to be inoperable and in violation of the city’s junk car ordinance. Malcolm said he knocked on the front door but no one answered so he walked to the back yard to seek a residence and he observed what he said appeared to be “neglected” dogs chained.
The city also has an ordinance against tethering animals. Malcolm contacted Madison Animal Control Officer Crystal Brisk who examined the dogs and determined that they needed immediate medical attention. Floyd was contacted, reports state, and he arrived at the residence and surrendered the dogs so they could get medical attention.
The case was then given to Pittocchelli. The dogs are currently being housed at Morgan County Animal Control.