SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Savannah man is in jail after he attempted to neuter his Chihuahua, police said.
Animal Control officers were called to west Chatham County on Tuesday afternoon on a report of animal cruelty, said Anthony Fulton, a spokesman for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police.
They found the Chihuahua barking. Officers then saw a rubber band around the dog's testicles, according to a police report.
The dog's owner, 39-year-old Tresler Wright, told officers he was trying to neuter his pet, Mr. Fulton said.
Police arrested Mr. Wright and took him to the Chatham County jail, where he is being held on a charge of animal cruelty.
The dog is being treated at VCA Animal Hospital.
"He's OK," said Lt. Brenda Boulware, commander of the Animal Control Unit. "We're going to hold the dog until it (the case) is adjudicated."
Anyone who tries to neuter or spay an animal without a medical license will face charges, police said.
"There are doctors of veterinary medicine that are trained to do these types of procedures," Lt. Boulware said. "There is assistance out there for anyone who can't afford it."