A Polk County, Georgia dog fighter, charged with starving, abandoning and abusing nearly 100 dogs chained up in the woods, has been found guilty of 214 counts of animal cruelty. Devechio Rowland was found guilty of 107 felony counts for dog fighting and 107 misdemeanor counts for animal abuse.
According to the AJC, in 2017, the Polk County Police Department received an anonymous tip about starving dogs kept on a property off Cashtown Road. That afternoon the police posted on their Facebook about the tragic discovery:
“Currently on scene of one of the worst animal cruelty of animal cases we have ever seen. Somewhere around 60 to 70 dogs…It’s hard to count; they are just tied to trees throughout the woods. None of these dogs are vicious. I have petted every one of them myself,” Chief Kenny Dodd wrote about the emaciated pit bull mixes discovered.
The dogs had been chained around trees. For the lucky ones, they were able to sleep in large plastic barrels flipped on their sides. No food or water was available, but every dog’s tail wagged as the deputies approached. Many of the dogs showed evidence of having been involved in dog fighting, Local rescues helped in rescuing the dogs, rehabilitating and treating them at veterinarians and preparing most of the dogs for future adoptions.
Rowland is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15.
Read previous article here.
Video of when the discovery was made and how friendly these dogs were:
Posted by Polk County Police Department on Tuesday, August 29, 2017
(Photos of dog fighter and dogs involved via Polk County Police Department)
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Dog breeder who starved dogs has been sentenced to jail – read more here.