COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - A Columbia County man is facing animal cruelty charges.
According to an incident report released by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, fifty-nine-year-old James Lee Long brought his eight-month-old dog into Heartstrong Animal Clinic to be neutered last Friday. An employee of the clinic says she noticed a foul odor coming from the dog's neck. The dog reportedly had a shock collar zip-tied to its neck. The collar was so tight that the shock collar prongs had punctured the dog's neck and damaged its vocal chords.
The employee contacted the Columbia County Sheriff's Office to report the abuse. She told investigators that significant, possibly permanent damage had been caused to the dog's vocal chords from the puncture wounds and shocks.
A warrant for Cruelty to Animals was issued for James Long. The dog was taken by Animal Control.