Animal Cruelty Charges Are Filed Against Man

By: Angela Sparkman
By: Angela Sparkman

Police say they found six dogs, all of them nearly starved to death.

Police say they made the discovery in Floyd County where the dogs weren't the only animals found in bad shape

Animal control officers say some neighbors called in complaints about a house on Marshall, but when they and police showed up to check it out, they found much more than just the animals.

Officers say they found 9 dogs in bad shape and two illegal pets, a tarantula and a snake.

Animal control officers say they'd been here before and warned the pet owners to take better care of them.

Officers say the dogs hadn't had any rabies shots and had mange and other signs of abuse.

Officers took the animals into custody, but say the owners took three dogs somewhere else before they could get them.

Police got a warrant to search the house and say they found other surprises.

Roger Johnson was arrested and charged him with drug possession, trafficking, and animal abuse.

His mother, Nancy Johnson, was only cited and she told us she didn't know anything bad was happening in her house.

"I didn't know, I know they were doing something in the garage, but I didn't know what," Johnson said.

Police also removed two children from the home and condemned the house.

The two children are in social services custody and animal control officers say a vet will examine the condition of all the dogs.


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