NWGA Scanner | March 14th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, Officer Walters received a phone call from Animal Control, who advised he was out at a house on Spring Circle with multiple vehicles outside; however could not make contact with anyone inside. The tag came back to a James Jeremy Forsyth, 46, of Lindale. The Animal Control officer advised that they were going to be taking custody of one dog and that it would be criminal cruelty and requested Officer Walters. According to the report, “The dog, Rose, is a female boxer mix, brown and white approximately three years old according to James. James advised that Rose had escaped two days prior and had just returned in the condition she was in now.” Officer Walters reported, “When [I] checked, Rose [I] was extremely concerned with her condition. Her ribs were all highly visible from even a distance. Her spine and hips also protruded and were visible from a distance. In my opinion, [I] would rate her body on the Purina Body Condition System Scale at a low 2. Ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones were easily visible. There was no palpable fat that I[ ]could see and some evidence of other bony prominences. When [I] walked closer, she immediately came to me for affection. Her gums were very pale, her nails overgrown, and her ears were very dirty. [I] also checked the area where Rose could reach. She was kept on a lead. There was a bucket and a pot in her area, but neither had food or water. She had an A-Frame house to sleep in with no door or cover to keep the freezing wind out.” James stated that Rose had a history of running when she would go into heat. However, the amount of time he stated she was gone, only a few days, would not account for her current condition per the officer. FCPD and Animal Control officers also spoke with Amanda Forsyth, 46, of Lindale. According to the report, Both Amanda and James advised both that they were going to be charged on ordnance level for cruelty for the animals tethered out and without water. Animal Control officers gave Rose food, at which time she ate it with great excitement and very fast. The vet later reported that Rose also suffered from heartworms, whipworms, and hookworms. James and Amanda were booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.