A local man was jailed Thursday for leaving his dog unattended in a cage for two weeks, according to Summerville Police reports.
Chattooga County Animal Control Officer Daniel Hayes received a tip that a pit bulldog mix was locked inside a cage near 25 Mountain Side Drive. The tipster claimed the owner hasn’t been around for two weeks.
Animal control found the dog and it could barely stand, according to an incident report.
“When I made contact with the animal, it had clearly not been out of the cage in an estimated 14 days due to the smell and the animal’s inability to stand. The animal’s hair had began to fall out. I could see the whole rib cage pronounced through the skin,” Officer Matt Pritchard reported.
The dog was left caged in 90-degree weather, the officer stated.
“Daniel Hayes had already begun to try to get the dog to drink water. He stated it was one of the worst cases of neglect that he had encountered as his time with animal control,” Officer Pritchard stated.
“I was able to make contact with Dristin Ogles, 22, who had been residing at 290 Melba Drive in Trion for the past two months with his father. I asked Dristen why he had left the animal in the cage abandoned. He stated that his mother had recently passed and that he had been evicted from the residence. He went on to state that he needed to just get his ‘$#**’ together. Mr. Ogles appeared to be very regretful for his abandonment of the animal,” Officer Pritchard stated.
Ogles was arrested for cruelty to animals, according to jail reports.