Man arrested in Early Co. dog killings

Published: Feb. 24, 2016 at 6:08 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2016 at 12:53 AM EST
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EARLY CO., GA (WALB) - Early County investigators say a Damascus man has been arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Investigators say 51-year-old Tonnie Alexander confessed to the crime.

Investigators say thanks to the help of Humane Society of the United States they were able to solve the case.

He was taken into custody Tuesday evening around 6 p.m. Investigators also recovered a .22 caliber rifle and a single-barrel shotgun.

Alexander is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Investigators say this is not related to the killing of two dogs in Seminole County, where investigators are currently looking for an older model blue pick-up truck.

Laurie Kaufman with the Humane Society of the U.S. says it's important for the community to get involved to prevent animal abuse.

"We just want to send a message out there to people who think its okay to shoot dogs, its not okay. It's illegal in the state of Georgia and you will be arrested," says Laurie Kaufman, with the Humane Society of the United States.

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