Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sick rat and dogs lead to animal cruelty charges for man and ex-wife

By Steve Kiggins, WGCL

Gwinnett County Police have arrested and charged James Archer and his ex-wife Caren with animal cruelty after Sheriff's deputies spotted neglected animals.
It all started when Sheriff's deputies went to a home on Brooks Road in Dacula to serve an eviction. Animal control officers responded and found three dogs and a rat left without food or water and covered in feces. Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith couldn't believe the condition of the animals.
"Ultimately, they found three dogs that weren't being properly cared for," said Smith. "There was one, a pit bull tied up outside, that was just emaciated, just completely thin. You could count every bone."
The animals arrived at the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center riddled with fleas and ticks, and even more parasites were attacking the dog's internal organs. Doctors immediately placed the animals on a medication regimen.
"For the most part, it's just the parasites and malnutrition according to the doctors that have looked at the dogs," said Smith.
Police have charged James Archer and Caren Archer with cruelty to animals. James is currently in the Gwinnett County Jail, and police have an arrest warrant out for his ex-wife Caren.
The good news, police believe the animals will heal just fine.
In a strange twist, CBS Atlanta's Steve Kiggins spoke with an animal welfare group that uses rescued dogs inside jails to rehabilitate inmates. The group plans to bring at least two of those abused dogs to the Gwinnett County Jail. It is unknown if the Archers would qualify for that program.

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