Owner cited after dog found covered in fleas, maggots

Owner cited after dog found covered in fleas, maggots

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro Animal Control officer cited a man with cruelty after finding a dog covered in matted fur and maggots.

Monday afternoon Officer Jeff Moore was dispatched to the 1500-block of Pratt Circle regarding the welfare of a small dog being kept outside.

When Moore arrived, he found a small Shih Tzu in a small, fenced-in area.

The dog, according to Moore's initial incident report, was "covered in fleas and appeared badly matted." Moore stated he also found "maggots in the matted fur."

Unable to make contact with the owner, Moore took photographs of the dog and left a door hanger notifying the resident to call the JAC office.

On Tuesday morning, 61-year-old Ronnie Gandy contacted Moore and said he had found the dog four to five months earlier on Daybreak, and had been caring for it ever since.

Gandy told Moore he had "tried to cut the matted fur from the dog with a pair of scissors but was unable to get it all off."

When asked when he last fed the dog, Gandy reportedly said he given it a "half pack of hot dogs" that morning.

Gandy then agreed to meet Moore at his house on Pratt.

According to the incident report, Gandy said he had been ill and was unable to get the dog to the veterinarian. He also said he had an unvaccinated cat in his home.

Gandy agreed to turn the dog over to Moore to be treated by a local veterinarian. Gandy also "expressed the desire to get the dog back at some point."

Moore cited Gandy with cruelty to animals and two counts of no state rabies tag/vaccination requirement.

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