Claude Ford's dog, Mike, is not even one year old, but according to Ford, even one dog is a big responsibility.
"Mike is enough for me," Ford said. "One is enough for me, man."
For Ford's neighbor however, one apparently was not enough. According to investigators, Johnson, 35, kept 24 Pit Bulls chained to stakes and trees in confined areas without food or water; some appeared malnourished and some had injuries that went untreated.
"Animal services were called-in, and they took control of the dogs," A.C.S.O.'s Sgt. Keith Faulk explained. "We have charged the individual living at the residence with animal cruelty."
Johnson has been charged with one felony count of cruelty to animals and two misdemeanor counts for confining an animals without water and confining an animal without exercise.
Despite, the number of dogs and the condition they were found in, Johnson faces no accusations of dog fighting, but the investigation is on-going and he could face more charges.
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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