Originally created 08/29/00

Officers seek man in abuse



Police are seeking a Hephzibah man suspected of helping his neighbor beat a stray dog with a baseball bat. The dying dog's throat was cut to end his suffering.

Police expect to charge Mark Adams, 33, of the 4000 block of Dunbarton Drive, with cruelty to animals for allegedly helping beat a dog that was in Erik Joseph Mozee's back yard last week, Richmond County Sheriff's Sgt. Tony Walden said.

Mr. Adams was given a chance to turn himself in but did not, and when officers went to his residence to arrest him he was not there, sheriff's department officials said.

"We have been trying to pick him up, but his roommate and girlfriend said he has not been home since we arrested his friend, Erik," Sgt. Walden said.

The penalty for cruelty to animals is a maximum $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail, Sgt. Walden said.

Mr. Mozee was charged with cruelty to animals Friday after he turned himself in. Saturday, Mr. Mozee took his mixed Labrador retriever to the Columbia County Animal Control facility and turned her in. If the animal is not adopted, she will be put to death.

Mr. Mozee called the Richmond County facility last week concerning a vicious dog in his back yard, according to a sheriff's department report.

Mr. Mozee told officials the dog had begun running around in his yard, and he beat him with a baseball bat. A Hephzibah policeman advised him to cut the dog's throat to put him out of his misery, according to a sheriff's department report.

Mr. Mozee said his neighbor came over and cut the dog's throat, according to the report.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228.