Antonio Furlow, of Snellville was arrested late last week and charged with felony animal cruelty for allegedly wrapping his roommate's dog's muzzle with electrical tape reported the Gwinnett Daily Post.
The Snellville Police Department and Gwinnett County Animal Control arrested Furlow at his home on Parkside Court after the dog, a pit bull named Bullet, escaped from his house and ran to a neighbor's home.
Furlow is being held at Snellville County Jail without bond.
Neighbors reported having seen Bullet chained outside of the home, but had no idea the dog was being tortured. In December, one neighbor reported Bullet was in excellent health.
Bullet is believed to belong to Furlow's roommate who may face charges of animal abandonment.
According to a report filed by Cpl. Jake Smith, Bullet couldn't even open his mouth to eat or drink; the dog was malnourished and severely dehydrated. Cpl. Smith stated the dog's condition was just heartbreaking as his mouth was bleeding and his tongue was swollen as it painfully stuck out of Bullet's mouth.
The Facebook page of the Snellville Police Department echoed everyone's feelings:
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's injuries are more severe than originally thought. He is being treated at Eastside Animal Hospital, and there have been no updates on his condition.
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