Officers arrested Steven Gordon and Pamela Gordon and charged them with nine counts each of cruelty to animals July 22, according to a release from the city of Hiram.
They were charged after officers were called to the parking lot of the Wal-Mart shopping center at 4166 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway and found a vehicle which contained one large dog and eight cats, the release stated. The vehicle reportedly smelled strongly of animal urine and contained animal waste, and the animals appeared unhealthy. Most of the animals appeared malnourished and were left to wander in waste, the release stated. The Gordons and a Paulding County sheriff’s deputy reportedly were standing at the vehicle when officers arrived, stated Hiram Police Chief Todd VandeZande. Paulding County Animal Control took possession of the animals.
On July 25, Hiram police charged Gregory Upchurch with three counts of cruelty to animals and possession of marijuana less than one ounce.
Officers were called to 459 Hardy Way to investigate a complaint of animal cruelty at the residence and reportedly found a female pit bull malnourished and tied to a chain. The animal had open sores on its ears, the release stated. Additionally, officers located another pit bull mix that appeared to be bloated and unkempt as well, the release stated.
During the investigation, officers reportedly located what appeared to be a marijuana plant.
Upchurch identified himself as a resident of the property and was charged. The animals were turned over to Paulding County Animal Control, the release stated.