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Man turns himself in in dumped dogs case

Jefferson County man admits role in dog deaths, police say

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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."

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writerrick
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writerrick 12/06/10 - 04:46 pm
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19 misdemeanor charges for

19 misdemeanor charges for illegal littering? That's it? I think he should be held and many many many many more charges issued! Okay PETA, Humane Society, American Public, etc. let's don't let this one get away with this terrible crime! Let me know what I can do to help........

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alycias 12/06/10 - 04:48 pm
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So, all it is , is a

So, all it is , is a misdemeaner? He killed 19 animals, and gets just a slap on the wrist?? Where is the justice for the poor dogs, some of which didn't even have their eyes open yet? He needs to be chained to a tree and let all us animal lovers come and take out OUR justice out on him!!

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burninater 12/06/10 - 04:49 pm
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God blessed them and said to

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Ergo,

Illegal littering. 'Cause you see, the animals/they're just propertee ...

Batman
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Batman 12/06/10 - 05:15 pm
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In 2005... 33,180 children

In 2005... 33,180 children were killed by abortion in the State of Georgia. Pets are important and deserve to be protected. Do children?

Taylor B
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Taylor B 12/06/10 - 05:20 pm
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He will NEVER play for the

He will NEVER play for the Falcons, so, we have that...

onecatfish
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onecatfish 12/06/10 - 05:25 pm
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The Burke County Sheriff's
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The Burke County Sheriff's Office says they now know who dumped 19 dogs on the side of a dirt road near Midville.

Investigators say they are not releasing the name of the suspect, right now, but they say the Wadley man confessed to the crime.

The Sheriff's Office says the man plans on turning himself in on Monday.

We've learned that the dogs were killed in Wadley, Georgia then dumped along Old Wadley Road, in Burke County.

Because the crime occured outside of Burke County, the Sheriff's Office says that's why they didn't arrest the man Friday.

Investigators say, if he doesn't show up on Monday, they know where he lives and they'll go get him.

We have also learned the Florida SPCA has contacted investigators about this case.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops and have a crew in Burke County on Monday.

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soldout 12/06/10 - 05:26 pm
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More details including the

More details including the why will be interesting.

burninater
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burninater 12/06/10 - 05:33 pm
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Batman -- In 2005... 33,180

Batman -- In 2005... 33,180 children were killed by abortion in the State of Georgia. Pets are important and deserve to be protected. Do children?
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Yes, children do. Do zygotes, embryos, and fetuses? Those are separate questions entirely.

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daphne3520 12/06/10 - 05:45 pm
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About as logical as texting
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About as logical as texting while driving :)

tanbaby
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tanbaby 12/06/10 - 06:57 pm
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how is it that newborn pups
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how is it that newborn pups with their eyes not even open yet are deemed as dangerous and vicious??????

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americafirst 12/06/10 - 06:59 pm
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The cruelty to animals

The cruelty to animals charges will have to be brought by Jefferson County because that's where the dogs were killed. Jefferson County is still investigating the article says so more charges are likely to come. Burke County charged him with all they could legally charge him with.

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Dudeness 12/06/10 - 07:04 pm
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If he did play for the

If he did play for the Falcons, PETA would be all over it since they could make some money off of this guy. I'm sure his lack of notoriety does not warrant them devoting any time to this guy.

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akmoose 12/06/10 - 07:04 pm
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tanbaby - I was wondering the

tanbaby - I was wondering the same thing...just because they were the offspring of a supposedly vicious mother doesn't predispose them to being vicious. That was just gross mutilation cutting them out of the mother and leaving them to die.

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Goaliemom1987 12/06/10 - 07:25 pm
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From the article I read there

From the article I read there were puppies that didn't even have their eyes open! How can they be vicious? This man needs to pay with some jail time!

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sassylassie 12/06/10 - 07:31 pm
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LOCK HIM UP!!! What a sick

LOCK HIM UP!!!
What a sick individual.

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airbud7 12/06/10 - 08:01 pm
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All Dogs Go to Heaven☺

All Dogs Go to Heaven☺

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Reannan 12/06/10 - 08:28 pm
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This guys story is

This guys story is ridiculous. He is a sick individual and I would be willing to bet has issues with domestic violence as well as cruelty to animals. In fact, I bet he got angry with someone and killed the dogs to "get even" somehow. I want to know the rest of the story, and I want to see this guy charged with additional charges.

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Cadence 12/06/10 - 08:37 pm
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I think it is more likely a

I think it is more likely a puppy mill that turned out not to be the cash cow he thought it would be. PETA is on the net; go ahead and contact them.

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happychimer 12/06/10 - 08:59 pm
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I think Strother became

I think Strother became dangerous and vicious.Anyone mean to animals can't be trusted at all. I have no respect for such low people.

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Rolling Eyes 12/06/10 - 09:39 pm
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19 dogs don't turn vicious

19 dogs don't turn vicious without a cause. Was he cruel to them and created dangerous animals or did he accuse them of it as an excuse to get rid of unwanted dogs? Either way he is responsible for the deaths of the animals under his care and needs to be held accountable.

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soldout 12/06/10 - 09:39 pm
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If all conclusions jumped to

If all conclusions jumped to already were chips and nuts we could have a big party. Hopefully more facts are coming.

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hope7 12/06/10 - 10:03 pm
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The man commited a crime and

The man commited a crime and is it not interesting that the officials will not charge him with cruelty, due to his lame excuses? Told ya'll it would be swept under the dog house quickly. If he had done this out west, he would be found gutted and left in a hole, as animals out west get respect like no where I have ever lived.

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mable8 12/06/10 - 10:28 pm
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What a piece of crud Strother

What a piece of crud Strother is....misdemeanors? How could he determine that puppies, particularly newborns, are "dangerous?" Give him what he gave the dogs; an execution without a trial. Hey Strothers, aren't you glad you live in the USA so you can have a fair trial. Eventually, we all have to meet our Maker and explain our actions; guess what's waiting for you in your eternal rest!

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happychimer 12/06/10 - 11:08 pm
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mable8 you said it! I agree.

mable8 you said it! I agree.

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dani 12/07/10 - 05:27 am
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I personally think it is

I personally think it is mean-spirited/ hard-hearted, but then I cry over a dead cat by the side of the road killed by a driver that didn't think running over an animal was cruel.

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onlysane1left 12/07/10 - 07:27 am
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Michael Vick went to jail for

Michael Vick went to jail for almost two years for this same typeof cruelty. Funny, it just a slap on the wrist for a common man!

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myparrot 12/07/10 - 09:48 am
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“Told investigators he raises

“Told investigators he raises dogs and concluded that the animals were dangerous and had become vicious”
It does not state how he came to this conclusion. Did they bite someone, did they attack other dogs? I seriously doubt the pups were vicious and if showing signs they can be trained otherwise. The pregnant female was just that pregnant and can get testy that does not make her vicious. We don’t know the breed making it hard to determine if they have a tendency to become vicious. Most dogs become vicious either through training or through love of their person they want to protect and it is only because they are protecting them no other time.
I cannot believe someone would not just turn a vicious dog over to authorities and let them see if it is necessary to destroy the animal. If they were his dogs why not just bury them and be done with it. Just dumping them like that leads me to think there is more to his story.

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sassylassie 12/07/10 - 10:03 am
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Jefferson County needs to

Jefferson County needs to step up to the plate and charge this man with felony animal cruelty. There was absolutely NO sense in him doing this to those innocent animals. WHat a lame excuse he has brought to the table. What might he do to a person, is my question, if he can do this to defenseless animals?? Make an example out of him--throw the book at him and lock him up!

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bettyboop 12/07/10 - 10:10 am
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Bet he was raising wolf

Bet he was raising wolf mutants....they got mean and he killed them...end of story...a business gone bad.

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Riverman1 12/07/10 - 01:17 pm
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Wasn't there a police officer

Wasn't there a police officer in Burke County who decided his dog needed to die and shot him? So apparently it's not against the law to kill your own dog(s).

But this man sounds weird. Weren't some of the dogs cut open? What's up with that? The puppies? There's more to this story, obviously.

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