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Two charged with mistreatment of animals

ALBANY, Ga. -- Animal control staff responded to three cruelty cases Wednesday and Thursday, according to Albany Police Department reports.

A mix-breed female shepherd dog bit a Dougherty EMS staff member while he was assisting a victim on the 600 block of North Haley Street, a Thursday police report stated.

The owner of the dog, Jimmie Lee Tukes, could not provide a valid rabies tag, the report added.

"The animal bit Mr. (Randall) Webb on the right calf," the report said. "The animal was transported to the Albany Humane Society for a period of 10 days for rabies observation."

Because Tukes had no rabies tag and because when he kept his dog confined to his property he used an electric cord he was cited for no valid tag and inhumane treatment, the report stated.

Thursday reports also stated that Bonnie McDaniel, of the 1900 block of Harding Street, was cited for two counts of of animals running at large and two counts of not having valid rabies tags. She was also warned to keep her two spaniels in her yard

According to the report, McDaniel's dogs defecated on her neighbors property.

Wednesday brought animal control agents to the 700 block of Walnut Street "because two schnauzers from the location were loose and running around the neighborhood and a female German shepherd was locked inside a small cage with no shelter or water."

Agents found the cage's bottom littered with feces and urine, the report said. The yard was also covered with excessive amounts of dog feces, it added.

The dog's owner, Tina Thomas, was able to produce the rabies tags for the dogs so they were released to her "and placed inside her home," the report stated.

Thomas was cited for two counts of an animal at large, one count of inhumane treatment and one count of unsanitary conditions, the report added.