72 dogs found hoarded on property, owner arrested

| March 21, 2016

Richard Jerry McLeod

THOMAS CO. – A Brooks county man is facing several animal cruelty charges after Animal control officials seized over 70 dogs that were hoarded on his property.

Thomas county officials said they have never experienced an animal hoarding case this severe.

When they arrived at Richard Jerry McLeod’s property on Liberty Church Road last Wednesday, they couldn’t believe what they saw.


Brooks county deputies arrested McLeod, charging him with multiple counts of cruelty to animals, aggravated cruelty to animals, failure to comply with rabies vaccinations, animals running at large, keeping of sick or diseased animals, lack of shelter requirements, and obstruction. McLeod is out on bond.


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