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Authorities investigating possible animal cruelty; veterinarian says injury was natural issue
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Update, Sept. 29: A Hall County Animal Control report gives new details about a suspected animal cruelty case involving a pit bull missing for weeks from its owner. 

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said a female pit bull was found Aug. 31 on Memorial Park Road with injuries. A Gainesville animal rescue took the dog into its care. 

“(Investigators) have followed possible leads, but so far nothing has led to any more definitive answers,” Booth wrote in an email. 

Hall County Animal Control provided a report to The Times Monday, Sept. 28, saying the dog was missing from its owner for several weeks and showed up at the owner’s home with the injuries. 

“Due to financial reasons, (the) owner was unable to pay for treatment for (the) dog,” according to the report. 

The dog was taken to an emergency veterinarian’s office in Braselton, and the vet later said they “did not suspect any type of abuse in the case” and that it was a “(naturally) occurring medical issue,” according to the report. 

The Times has left a message and sent an email to the veterinarian’s office to learn more about the situation. 

Booth said it is unclear how the dog was injured and provided no further information.  


Original story: Authorities are investigating a potential case of animal cruelty involving a pit bull that was found with injuries, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said the female pit bull was found Aug. 31 on Memorial Park Road with injuries to its anus. The dog was missing from its owner, and a Gainesville animal rescue has taken the dog into its care. 

“(Investigators) have followed possible leads, but so far nothing has led to any more definitive answers,” Booth wrote in an email. 

Booth said it is unclear how the dog was injured and provided no further information. The Times has reached out to the animal rescue for more information. 

He said Hall County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the incident as an animal cruelty case. Anyone with information on this case or any other suspected cases of animal abuse in the area can contact the investigator at 770-533-7690. 

This story will be updated as The Times learns more. 

Digital editor Thomas Hartwell contributed to this report. 

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