Nineteen dogs were found sitting and walking in their own feces with no food or water inside a cramped U-Haul truck at a hotel off Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross earlier this month.
According to the Norcross Police report, police reported to a call about the animal cruelty at Drury Inn around 9:05 a.m. Feb. 10.
The Norcross officer located the truck and immediately heard animals crying. After peeking through the window, the officer didn't believe there was any working ventilation inside, so he opened the back side of the truck to make sure the animals weren't in any danger.
Once he opened the door, he saw the dogs inside 12 crates in their own filth.
A woman approached the officer shortly after and identified herself as the owner of the truck and canines. After animal control arrived, the owner told both agencies that she runs an animal adoption business and had been staying at the hotel for the past few days.
The officer asked her when was the last time she fed the dogs and she said it was earlier in the day on Feb. 9. She assured the feces in the truck were just from the previous night, but the officer doubted it.
"After stepping inside of the truck, I came to the conclusion that there is no way that the dogs could [have] made that much feces over night," the officer wrote in the report. "The odor from the truck was so horrific that officers could not stand by or be inside the truck for more tha[n] a few minutes at a time."
Not only did the animal control officer tell the woman that she needed to clean the cages before she left the parking lot, he also informed her that the truck she was using was not big enough for her animal load.
Animal control warned her that, if she comes to Gwinnett County with all those animals again, she could be charged with cruelty to animals.
While the truck was very unsanitary, the animal control officer said that the animals didn't appear to be malnourished or unfed. Because they appeared to be fed, the Norcross officer decided against taking out warrants for the woman.
The suspect was seen cleaning the truck and animals when authorities left.
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