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BARNESVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)-Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two women in Barnesville after they found 44 dogs, one of which was deceased, at a home on Unionville Road.
On Monday, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Monroe County Animal Shelter went out to the home for a welfare check concerning a complaint of abandoned or neglected dogs. According to deputies, when they arrived, the dogs were living in deplorable conditions.
The owner of the animals, Lynda Cummings, met with officials and agreed to surrender all of the dogs to the Sheriff’s Office. The Animal Shelter immediately contacted the Atlanta Humane Society for assistance and help with the retrieval of the dogs. The Atlanta Humane Society arrived with additional staff to transport the dogs to their facilities.
Lynda Cummings is charged with seven felony counts of unlawfully and maliciously causes physical harm to an animal or animals by depriving it of a member of its body, by rendering a part of such animals body useless, by seriously disfiguring such animals body or member thereof (7 dogs had missing or deformed jaws caused by neglect). One felony count of unlawfully and maliciously causes a death of an animal (one deceased puppy), and 36 misdemeanor counts of unlawfully and unintentionally exercise custody, control, possession, or ownership, and failed to provide adequate food, water, sanitary conditions, or ventilation.
Brandi Marzka, daughter of Lynda Cummings, was arrested and charged with 36 misdemeanor counts of unlawfully and unintentionally exercise custody, control, possession, or ownership, and failed to provide adequate food, water, sanitary conditions, or ventilation.