A Jefferson County man was charged Monday in the dumping of a truckload of dead dogs in Burke County last week.
Charles Frank Strother, 52, of Wadley, Ga, will face 19 counts of illegal dumping -- one for each of the dogs whose carcasses were found Nov. 29 along Old Wadley Road near Midville, said Deputy Roosevelt Lodge of the Burke County Sheriff's Office.
A 20th warrant was issued, also for illegal dumping, for a blue tarp dumped along with the dogs, he said, adding that all the charges are misdemeanors.
Strother is believed to have shot and killed the dogs in Jefferson County before taking the carcasses into Burke County, where they were found by a county road crew. Lodge said Jefferson County authorities also are investigating the matter but had not filed any charges.
Strother, who surrendered Monday afternoon to authorities in Waynesboro, told investigators he raises dogs and concluded that the animals were dangerous and had become vicious, Lodge said.
Public works employees found the dogs on Nov. 29 along Old Wadley Road.
"Whoever did this just executed them," Jesse Burke, the county's public works director, said after the discovery.
The dogs all appeared to be the same breed, and many of them had visible bullet wounds. Public works employees later buried them.
"These weren't trashy dogs, like you see running in packs as strays," Burke said. "They were not abused-looking and seemed well taken care of."
He did not recognize them as a particular breed but said they did not appear to be hunting dogs.
"They were all the same color, kind of a solid white with some curly hair in the end," Burke said. "They were from little puppies with the eyes not even open up through grown pregnant dogs, and there was one male. It was very sad."