A Morgan County man plead guilty to 10 counts of cruelty to animals in Morgan County Superior Court and was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to serve 40 hours of community service and was ordered to pay Madison Animal Control $1,457 in restitution.
Dwight Floyd, 39, pled guilty before Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Trammell on Jan. 3.
Floyd was arrested on Feb. 2, 2017 after a Madison Police Department officer observed the 10 Pit Bull breed dogs in an emaciated state behind Floyd’s Billups Avenue residence.
The officer, Madison Ordinance Control Officer Phillip Malcom, was at the residence to speak with Floyd regarding an inoperable vehicle at the residence in violation of the city’s junk car ordinance.
According to arrest warrants at the time, Floyd was charged with “willfully neglecting said dog(s) by not providing food for said dog(s), causing said dog(s) to be grossly emaciated…”
According to Sgt. Scott Pittocchelli, Madison Police Department, the dogs were all chained to a tree behind the residence using logging chains. According to the Humane Society of the United State website, heavy chains are often used by Pit Bull owners to increase muscle mass for fighting.
According to Madison Animal Control Officer Crystal Berisko, the 10 Pit Bulls were seized at the time of the arrest and then cared for by Madison Animal Control for more than a month before they were released to a rescue organization.
Berisko said, “Regardless whether or not I agree with the court’s decision the animals have been brought back to health and we were able to get them into rescue.”Berisko said animal control is willing to aid animal owners who reach a point where they cannot care for their pets.
“These types of cases are preventable. Animal control is here to help you. In my eyes these situations are preventable. All you have to do is call us,” she said.