Ball Ground resident Rud Tietjen, a former breeder of champion Great Pyrenees dogs was arrested on Wednesday by the Cherokee County Marshal's Office and charged with numerous counts of animal neglect reported the AJC.com.
Nineteen dogs and one cat were removed from Tietjen's Creighton Road property after a search warrant was served, and authorities found the animals living in hoarder conditions. The animals were living among dead dogs, bones, feces, and were covered in fleas.
Tietjen was charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty.
Five of the dogs were Great Pyrenees and the other dogs were Shelties. According to FoxNews wbrc.com, Tietjen won awards in the 80's and 90's showing these breeds.
The investigation was the result of neighborhood complaints about noxious odors and constant dog barking.
Tietjen was released on a $1,000 bond.
The dogs are being cared for at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and are expected to make a full recovery. They are not available for adoption as of this date.
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