20 starving pets rescued, owner arrested

6:15 PM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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BALL GROUND, Ga. -- A Cherokee County man has been charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty after several emaciated dogs were found on his property.

Rud Tietjen, 55, was arrested Wednesday by officers with the Cherokee County Marshal's Office.

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Marshal's spokesperson Alexa Huston said investigators were called to Tietjen's Ball Ground home after receiving a complaint about constant barking and terrible smells coming from the property.

Officers found 19 purebred dogs -- five Great Pyrenees and 14 Shelties -- in Tietjen's possession. They also rescued one cat.

Huston said investigators found dead dogs, bones, rancid meat and feces throughout Tietjen's property.

The suspect used to show dogs in the 1980's and 1990's, according to Huston.

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