Au­thor­i­ties work­ing to place dogs found in Polk County

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick Polk County Stan­dard Jour­nal Edi­tor

Polk County po­lice and an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cials were still at­tempt­ing to find places to put the re­main­ing dogs late Wed­nes­day after raid­ing two lo­ca­tions and find­ing 105 dogs in de­plorable con­di­tions ear­lier in the week.

Polk County Po­lice Chief Kenny Dodd said an­i­mal res­cue groups stepped up to help by plac­ing dogs in res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tions in tem­po­rary homes — but many of the dogs still need a place to go to free up space in an­i­mal con­trol fa­cili- ties cur­rently hous­ing them.

As of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, there were still 40 dogs from the Cash­town Road lo­ca­tion to be placed. The oth­ers were taken in by Bark­town Dog Res­cue in Jasper, Cedar­town An­i­mal Res­cue, Help­ing Paws Res­cue in Athens, Homes 4 Ever in Rock­mart and Pick­ens An­i­mal Res­cue. Those found at the Puck­ett Road lo­ca­tion have been placed in shel­ters in Pauld­ing County, Dou­glas County, Chero­kee County, Alabama, and with the HERO Res­cue Group in Cum­ming.

“Peo­ple also need to un­der­stand that we can’t just turn these dogs over to any­one. They have to go to a li­censed res­cue that has ex­pe­ri­ence with han­dling these kinds of dogs,” Dodd said. “They need re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion be­fore they can go to a new owner.”

His hopes are that the sec­ond group of dogs — which he said ex­hib­ited in­juries that re­sem­ble dogs who have been doc­u­mented to be used in fights pre­vi­ously — can be kept in the area for ev­i­dence.

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“We re­ally need to keep them around so that way we can have a vet­eri­nar­ian around to keep an eye on them and doc­u­ment their in­juries and heal­ing,” Dodd said.

Po­lice de­tained a few peo­ple for ques­tion­ing but Dodd said they have one sus­pect in the case. Po­lice ar­rested Deve­cio Ra­nard Rowland, 32, of a Jones Av­enue ad­dress, on Mon­day.

Dodd said those who were ini­tially ques­tioned about their knowl­edge

of the dogs co­op­er­ated with au­thor­i­ties and there are no plans to charge them. Dodd said in­ves­ti­ga­tors don’t be­lieve they were of­fi­cially in­volved with the dogs kept on the prop­erty.

Rowland re­mained in the Polk County Jail on the 70 mis­de­meanor counts of cru­elty to an­i­mals, along with an ad­di­tional pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion charge.

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Kenny Dodd

Deve­cio Ra­nard Rowland

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