* 27 dogs found in north Forsyth home
NORTH FORSYTH — Three more dogs have been rescued from a mobile home in north Forsyth where 27 other dogs were found Wednesday night in what were described as deplorable conditions.
They were discovered Thursday inside the residence on Franklin Goldmine Road off Canton Highway (Hwy. 20) while Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies returned with the second search warrant in as many days, according to Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the agency.
“The conditions were so deplorable and cluttered, and with all the cracks and crevices, they very simply could have been hiding,” Rodriguez said.
The three dogs were found in the same condition as the 26 others, which includes “varying states and stages of medical conditions.” All 29 dogs are Jack Russell terriers.
The first search occurred Wednesday after a man had showed up earlier that day at an area hospital in a bad — but unspecified — condition, according to the sheriff’s office.
Hospital staff decided to alert law enforcement based on what the man told them, Sheriff’s Cpl. Robin Regan said, leading to the search warrant. One of the dogs was dead when deputies got there.
Officials said a necropsy to determine the dog’s cause of death will “more than likely not happen due to the level of decomposition” of the body. However, a veterinarian is expected to look at the remains and determine if one would be beneficial.
The man, who was living at the house, has not been named as a suspect. The incident remains under investigation.
“There is a likelihood charges will be taken,” Rodriguez said.
Officials have not released details about why there were so many dogs in the home.
Personnel from the county’s animal shelter took the surviving dogs to the facility in north Forsyth, where they are being treated.
The 29 dogs are not available for adoption because they still belong to the man, who would first have to surrender them, said Jodi Gardner, spokeswoman for the county’s government.
According to Rodriguez, a surrender of ownership must be ordered by a judge, who deems the man “incapable of taking care of these dogs.”
Gardner said a veterinarian has seen the dogs.
“Yesterday, overall, they appeared to be in good health,” she said.