Animals seized in possible hoarding case

Published 3:38 pm Wednesday, November 23, 2016

By Melanie Ruberti

Animals seized in possible hoarding case

The Troup County Deputy Marshal’s office, the LaGrange-Troup County Animal Control and the Hogansville Animal Control seized 29 dogs, three cats and three ferrets from a home in the 300 block of Power Plant Road.

One of the deputy marshals was investigating a possible case of hoarding and animal cruelty, the report read. She discovered large amounts of animal feces inside the home and at least 20 Chihuahuas and nine other dogs roaming the property, according to the report.

The officer called for back up from the other two agencies.

The homeowner told law enforcement officers his power was turned off and two puppies mysteriously died the day before, the report stated.

Animal control officers feared the home was infected with parvo (a highly infectious disease for canines) and determined they had a potential hazmat situation, according to the report.

After the home tested negative for parvo, animal control officers removed all the animals and transported them to the shelter.

It was unclear whether the homeowner was cited for hoarding or animal cruelty.


A woman told LaGrange police someone broke into her home in the 100 block of Ward Street just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

The homeowner said the perpetrator stole a Hibachi 52-inch flat screen TV, the report stated.

The value of the TV was estimated at $2,600.