SAVANNAH, GA (February 20, 2014): Downtown Precinct detectives for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday arrested a west Savannah man on multiple animal abuse charges.

Just after 3 a.m., Metro responded to a theft report on the 1200 block of Damon Street. While inspecting the house’s exterior for signs of theft, officers observed a decaying dog in a pen with a malnourished dog. A second malnourished dog was discovered tied to a fence. The dogs appeared to be pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Injuries consistent with dog fighting also were present on the animals.

Savannah-Chatham Animal Control arrived removed the deceased dog’s remains and transported the remaining dogs to an emergency veterinary hospital. They were released and are now housed at the animal shelter.

John Spaulding, 56, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty from the State of Georgia, two counts of no shots, two counts of no tags, one count of animal neglect, one count tethered dog, and one count of failure to report a dead animal.