More than 120 cats and dogs were rescued from a Sugar Mill Lane house earlier this week.
The animals were found after neighbors called police to complain about the smell coming from the home. Authorities wearing biohazard suits also found the carcasses of 23 cats and one dog. Authorities say the house was filled with mounds of animal waste and rooms of garbage.
Last July, the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office went to a house on Russell King Lane and removed more than 20 dogs living in squalid conditions.
Earlier this month, just south of Cherokee County, a Cobb County couple was arrested after police found dead animals and feces in a home where two children also live. The couple was charged with child cruelty and cruelty to animals.
I am not a pet owner. I have watched after dogs owned by my brother and his wife. I always enjoy playing with their three dogs and could never imagine treating them so cruelly.
Our pets, specifically dogs, are so hopelessly devoted to us. They trust us implicitly. I cannot fathom why a person would take advantage of that trust.
While these stories do not seem to be happening every week, they are always shocking. What, if anything, could be done to prevent this kind of story from happening in the future?