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Dog owner must pay high fine to get 21 dogs back

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -An Albany man can now get back 21 pit bulls Animal Control Officers seized from his home Monday. He was cited for numerous violations of Albany's animal ordinance, but police say there's not enough evidence to charge with him with animal cruelty.

Carey Culbert showed up at the Albany Humane society to take home his 12 dogs and 9 puppies. First, he must pay roughly $800 for impound fees and vet fees.

Culbert doesn't think it was fair that Animal Control came onto his property and took all his dogs when only one puppy was injured.

" I was real shocked about it how could they come to my yard. I don't know what they were looking for but I was told by detectives they didn't find anything that would link it to dog fighting," Culbert said.

Animal Control says the dogs were held on heavy chains and in filthy conditions. That violates city code but not state animal cruelty laws. Culbert can now have his dogs back. He says he can't afford the fees that mount each day the Humane Society cares for them.

"I don't think it's fair for me to have to pay almost $1,000 for nothing. They came to get the dogs and they discovered they were not the dogs they were looking for. I think they should have brought them back," Culbert said.

Even though Animal Control officers found one injured puppy, they impounded all dogs and cited Culbert for inhumane treatment, unsanitary conditions, and failure to keep dogs updated with rabies shots.

In the meantime his dogs will stay at the Humane Society until the city and Culbert can come to an agreement.

If Culbert gets his dogs back, he'll have one week to be in full compliance with city codes.  Culbert has a May 27th court date.


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