ST. GEORGE – A man was arrested on multiple counts of animal cruelty for abandoning 13 dogs at a former residence in St. George Saturday.
Police received a call concerning a suspicious incident in the area of Jefferson Street in St. George Saturday evening. The call described a group of people running from a home that was supposedly unoccupied, St. George Sgt. Sam Despain said.
Police investigated the unoccupied home and discovered 13 dogs living in what was described as extremely poor conditions. The dogs dogs did not appear to be malnourished, but were “living in extreme filth,” according to a police statement.
Police tracked down the former occupant of the home, Dale Jacobs, 48, of St. George, and determined the dogs belonged to him. He told police he was breeding the dogs and would periodically return to the home to feed the dogs, though apparently did not clean up after the animals.
St. George Animal Control responded and took possession of the 13 dogs which appeared to be a dachshund mix. All the dogs received immediate care. The dogs were bathed, fed, and provided a clean place to sleep and play. Two dogs needed medical attention for infections and are expected to make a full recovery.
Jacobs was arrested on 13 class-B misdemeanor accounts of animal cruelty. He was also cited with city code violations related to not having two of the dogs licensed and having more than two dogs at a residence.
He was booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility and the combined bail/fines for 13 misdemeanors stands at $8,099.
Ed. Note: Information regarding the state the dogs were found in have been clarified per additional information released by the St. George Police Department.
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