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Man cited for condition of dogs

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North Augusta authorities cited a man Monday for the condition of dogs at his residence.

Ben Gamble III, 42, of the 1100 block of Austin St., in North Augusta, was charged with ill treatment to animals, a city code violation, after an officer patrolling the area saw a dog running loose and then found dogs tethered with chains and without food or water in Gamble’s backyard, according to an incident report at the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

About 9:30 a.m. Monday, the officer saw a dog without a collar running loose. He approached the dog, but it ran into the backyard. The officer followed the dog and found two other dogs chained around their necks. Neither dog had access to food, water or shelter. One of the dogs was eating a puppy, according to the report.

Gamble told him that a dog house had been stolen from his backyard the night before. He said the dogs had broken their collars and he had run out of dog food the previous night, according to the report.

Gamble also said that one of the dogs didn’t belong to him and someone was coming to pick it up.

The officer additionally issued two warnings for having a dog without restraint and not having rabies tags for the dogs.

The officer will continue to monitor the area to check on the dogs, according to the report.

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PUPPYMOMMA 02/15/13 - 02:44 am
Gives new meaning to the

Gives new meaning to the words "puppy chow". Yeah sure, we believe you about the stolen doghouse--NOT! I hope the officer really does monitor this situation and is able to get these dogs out of there. Nothing is going to change and the animal(s) is the one that suffers. Instead of paying the fines, he could have paid for shots and food already. Thumbs down for Mr. Gamble. And get those chains from around their neck!

seenitB4 02/15/13 - 07:29 am
OK I'm sick now

Some folks just don't need animals...

historylover 02/15/13 - 10:17 am

Why at the very least weren't these dogs removed? Better yet why wasn't this man jailed?

Truetothedogs 02/15/13 - 11:05 am
Wake Up Georgia!

UNTIL mandatory spay/neuter laws are passed in Ga. and the south in general, anti chaining laws, and stiffer penalties for animal cruelty, these situations will NEVER change. We must become the solution to this ever growing problem and elect officials who truly care about the conditions of so many abused animals in Ga. We kill over 300,000 animals per year in Ga. alone in shelters. I can name a number of places I pass on a daily basis with chained and uncared for animals...It's so sad but has become so accepted by the vast majority. WAKE UP GA. and BE THEIR VOICES!! PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER!!

Red Headed Step Child
Red Headed Step Child 02/15/13 - 01:30 pm
No dog food, but I'm sure...

He had his beer and cigarettes...

Too bad the dogs weren't eating HIM...Karma at its best.

On second thought, I wouldn't want the dogs to end up with a vicious case of diarrhea..although that would be a fitting end for this guy..

MarinerMan 02/15/13 - 02:43 pm
I Agree - Change the Laws

Make abuse - animal, child, or elder, up to a Capital Offense. I would personally offer to help "guide" any of the three...

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