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Georgia man arrested for taping dog's mouth shut with electrical tape

Antonio Furlow
Booking photo

According to Saturday's WSBTV News, a man in Snellville, Ga., is in jail after authorities discovered that he had allegedly taped his roommate's dog's mouth shut with electrical tape.

The abusive situation was discovered late last week after the pit bull, named "Bullet," managed to escape from the home of Antonio Furlow.

Furlow is accused of taping the dog's mouth shut in order to prevent him from eating, drinking or barking.

Arresting officers were happy to bring the alleged dog abuser in - the Snellville Police Department stated:

It is very rare we enjoy locking someone up. Taking someone's freedom from them is not the fun part of police work...Well...we enjoyed taking this guy in. It is not surprising that our K9 Unit (Snellville Police K9) volunteered to assist detectives in the warrant service. Heartbreaking the way the dog was treated.

Bullet appeared to have been suffering with the taped muzzle for a long period of time - by the time the dog was found, he had tissue damage and appeared to be malnourished.

Cpl. Jake Smith stated:

"He had electrical tape wrapped around his muzzle to the point where he couldn't open his mouth,"

(He) presumably couldn't eat or drink."

He added:

As far as the tissue damage, it may be a little more serious than they initially thought,"

So, I think the status of the dog is up in the air right now."

Furlow is facing an animal cruelty charge and he may also be facing felony drug charges after authorities discovered marijuana inside of the residence. The individual who actually owns Bullet may face charges for abandoning the dog.

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