NORTH FORSYTH — A week after 30 dogs were found being held in what were described as deplorable conditions in a north Forsyth mobile home, officials say not much has changed in the investigation.
The man who was living at the residence on Franklin Goldmine Road off Canton Highway (Hwy. 20) has not been named a suspect in the case, in which Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies found 27 Jack Russell terriers, including one that was dead, inside the home Feb. 3.
He reportedly showed up at an area hospital earlier that day in a bad — but unspecified — condition, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities have not released specifics about the man’s age or health.
Based on what he told hospital staff, they decided to alert law enforcement, leading to the search warrant.
Three more dogs were found the next day when deputies executed a second search warrant.
“The conditions were so deplorable and cluttered, and with all the cracks and crevices, they very simply could have been hiding,” said Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
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.
Personnel from the county’s animal shelter took the surviving dogs to the facility in north Forsyth, where they are being treated.
Jodi Gardner, spokeswoman for the county’s government, reminded residents Tuesday that the 29 dogs are not available for adoption because they still belong to the man, who would first have to surrender them. At last check, the dogs appeared to be in good health overall, she said.