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Man Charged With Animal Cruelty Gets Dogs Back

A man in West Jacksonville, FL who fled from the storm last week left his two dogs chained up in the carport. Two city workers...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Aug 27th 2008


A man in West Jacksonville, FL who fled from the storm last week left his two dogs chained up in the carport. Two city workers found the dogs and saved them from drowning.

The owner, David Hamm, went to a city shelter to seek refuge from the storm. He will now face two animal cruelty tickets and fines of up to $1,000, said Robert Currey, a field supervisor for Jacksonville Animal Care and Control.

Luckily, an anonymous tip notified Animal Care and Control officers, who went to rescue the dogs by boat. The officials felt Hamm’s decision was more irresponsibility than cruelty.

While I understand the need to take shelter during a storm it is incomprehensible to me that you would leave your dogs chained in an area where you know they could drown. The city opened over 10 shelters for the storm, including at least two pet-friendly ones.

One of the animals, a Labrador mix, was standing for hours in water that sometimes reached his chest and had a skin condition from long before Friday, Currey said. Neither of the dogs was licensed, but both were up to date on their shots, said Fred Forbes, interim division chief of Animal Care and Control.

Field supervisor, Robert Currey, stated “Legally, there was not a reason we could keep them from getting the dogs back.” Apparently, absolute disgust doesn’t fall under the realm of the law.