‘I was shocked:' Over 80 dogs rescued from 'deplorable conditions' after house fire

A man was arrested and charged with 53 counts of animal cruelty, 53 counts of unsanitary conditions, 53 counts of no Fulton County license and 1 count of no special for having too many animals.

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – The Fulton County animal shelters are a little more full after over 80 dogs were rescued from a home in ‘deplorable conditions’ Sunday afternoon.

A man was arrested and charged with 53 counts of animal cruelty, 53 counts of unsanitary conditions, 53 counts of no Fulton County license and 1 count of no special for having too many animals.

Fulton County Animal Control said additional charges are expected to be added.

“I was shocked,” Tim Poorman with Fulton County Animal Services said. “As human beings, we domesticated these animals so it’s our job to take care of them.”

Poorman said a lot of times with dog hoarding situations they find dogs with internal parasites, inbreeding, and in bad health. Of the dozens of dogs rescued, only one passed away. Poorman said that dog was being attacked by other dogs at the time and later died once at the shelter. While on the property, Animal Control officers did not find any dead dogs or puppies.

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Animal Control had been called to the home Lori Lane in Riverdale, Georgia once before in 2014 for a complaint of too many dogs. The homeowner at the time said he had three dogs and wouldn't let officials in.

As for the dogs now in the shelter, temporary foster families are in need.

“We could definitely use fosters for the dogs that are currently here,” Poorman said. “Not these specific dogs, so we can make room for the dogs that we just brought in.”

Fulton County Animal Services said you can stop by the shelter between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or email foster@fultonanimalservices.com for more information. They ask you to bring a valid form of identification.

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