Seven puppies in bad shape euthanized as police investigate animal cruelty

Published 9:13 pm Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The LaGrange Police Department is investigating a possible case of animal cruelty. The department responded to a call on the 800 block of Georgia Avenue after a concerned citizen called about dogs that were not being taken care of.

Officers walked to the back yard and found an emaciated lab illegally tethered, according to the report. Officers found three puppies near the lab that appeared to be a few weeks old. The mother dog was seen dragging and knocking puppies around because of the chain and appeared to have caused the puppies several different injuries.

Officers said the puppies had several wounds and were infested with maggots. Maggots were in the puppies’ ears, rectum, nose and mouth and one of the puppies did not have any eyes due to the maggots, according to the police report.

Officers heard more puppies whimpering in a nearby thicket of woods and found four more, who were also infested with maggots.

The puppies and mother dog were transported to a veterinarian’s office to be examined.

All seven puppies were euthanized.

School window broken

For the second time in a month, a broken window was found at Ethel Kight Elementary School.

The cleaning crew with Ethel Kight discovered a broken window pane around 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Only the outer pane was shattered. There were no rocks or anything in the area that could’ve been used to break the glass, according to the police report.

Vehicle taken from Johnson Street on Fourth

Officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to reports of a stolen vehicle on Johnson Street Tuesday evening.

The victim said she had left for a party around 9:45 p.m. and returned around 11 p.m., only to find that her green 1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport was gone. The driver’s side window was busted out and she left the keys under the driver side seat. There’s a fire department tag on the vehicle.

The vehicle has been listed as stolen, according to the LaGrange Police Department. The victim estimated the vehicle is worth $1,500.

Fireworks, potential cookout items stolen

There were several crimes potentially related to the holiday on Tuesday.

At Walmart on New Franklin Road, there were two separate incidents of fireworks stolen. One occurred at 12:02 p.m. on Tuesday when two females, ages 26 and 17, exited the store without paying for several different kinds of fireworks.

They left the store with three packs of fireworks valued at $49.97, one pack of another type of fireworks valued at $19.97 and three beach towels valued at $8.94 teach. The total amount of items stolen was $196.70 and none of the items were recovered.

The same two suspects were allegedly involved in a burglary at Dollar General a few minutes later. A Dollar General employee saw them get out of a silver Honda Accord and grab paper plates and two packs of Styrofoam cups and jump back into the vehicle. The items taken were valued at $26.

Police called the mother of the one of the suspects, who advised her daughter and her friend to go to the LaGrange Police Department. Both suspects were arrested for theft by shoplifting $500 or less and were banned from Walmart for a year.

There was a second, separate incident at Walmart at 12:49 p.m. where three males allegedly exited the store without paying for two packs of fireworks. One of three male subjects selected the merchandise and walked out of the store without purchasing the fireworks, which were valued at $39.

The suspects left in a tan or silver Chevrolet Impala.

Vehicle broken into, thousands of dollars in items taken

The LaGrange Police Department is investigating an entering auto that occurred sometime between 11:30 p.m. July 3 and 7:30 a.m. on July 4.

The victim said he locked the doors of his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado before going inside, but when he got up the next morning and went to his truck his driver side door was wide open. The items missing included a black backpack containing numerous tax return documents, a black and silver Panasonic Tough Book valued at $3,000, a gray and orange AMP meter, two black Motorola touchscreen phones valued at $200 and a Tom Tom GPS valued at $120. The items stolen were valued at $3,620.

Police found no visible damage or forced entry marks to the interior and exterior of the truck. Another vehicle in the driveway was untouched.

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