SMITHVILLE, GA - A Lee County man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges after two dogs were found dead on his property, and a third dog starved.
The lone surviving dog is in the care of the Lee County Animal Shelter.
32-year-old Thomas Jones, Jr. of Smithville is charged with 3 counts cruelty and neglect and two counts removal of a dead animal, all county ordinances.
A concerned citizen contacted animal control Monday afternoon about seeing a dead dog and another dog chained up at Jones' home on Muchaloochee Street.
Jones is scheduled to go before a Magistrate Court Judge next month, who will determine if the surviving dog can be adopted or will be returned to Jones.
A spokesperson from the Lee County Animal Shelter says that the dog has gained a few pounds and is expected to fully recover.
The animal is believed to be a labrador and bulldog mix, about one-years-old.