More charges levied against woman in an­i­mal cru­elty case

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick Edi­tor

A Rock­mart woman was jailed on felony charges for her in­volve­ment with the 115 dogs found by the Polk County Po­lice De­part­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Polk County Po­lice Chief Kenny Dodd, Candice Sor­rells, 34, of 742 Call­away Drive, Rock­mart, was charged with 107 counts of be­ing party to a crime of cru­elty to an­i­mals, each a felony. She was taken into cus­tody on Thurs­day morn­ing for her in­volve­ment with the case be­ing de­vel­oped against Deve­cio Ra­nard Row­land, 32, who re­mained in jail on nu­mer­ous charges af­ter 115 dogs were dis­cov­ered over the past days.

Jail records re­ported that both re­mained in jail with­out bond.

Ad­di­tional dogs were found last Fri­day, Sept. 1, in Sor­rells’ home. The mother and seven pup­pies were also taken in by Polk County An­i­mal Con­trol, Dodd said.

Dodd said his of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted a search war­rant on Sor­rells’ Call­away Drive home this week as part of the case against Row­land and found ev­i­dence that she was part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We found ev­i­dence that im­pli­cates her in be­ing in­volved in and knew about what was go­ing on,” Dodd said.

He added Row­land and Sor­rells were dat­ing.

An emer­gency hear­ing is be­ing held on Tues­day, Sept. 12, over the fate of 35 dogs taken in from a Puckett Road ad­dress dis­cov­ered by po­lice last week as part of the over­all group Row­land kept for the pur­poses of dog fight­ing. Dodd said his de­part­ment and An­i­mal Con­trol have been wait­ing for the hear­ing to move for­ward on the con­dem­na­tion process, to allow the county to take over the an­i­mals and

Cur­rently, Polk County An­i­mal Con­trol is housing 17 out of the orig­i­nal 35 found at the Puckett Road ad­dress, ac­cord­ing to Polk County An­i­mal Con­trol Di­rec­tor Jeff Craw­ford.

He said his de­part­ment is still seek­ing res­cue groups who are cer­ti­fied to take in the dogs to take 10 more that were part of the first group found on Cash­town Road on Aug. 28.

Craw­ford said those groups who are will­ing to take in the dogs can con­tact him at the An­i­mal Con­trol of­fice at 770-749-8908.

Craw­ford said he did not have a count cur­rently of how many of the dogs re­mained in fa­cil­i­ties around the re­gion who took in dogs from two of the three sites last week. He ex­pected an up­date to­day on which dogs had been placed with res­cue groups, and those that hadn’t.

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