NWGA Scanner | August 19th, 2021

Rome pair arrested for aggravated animal cruelty after surveillance video captures the disturbing crime

A disturbing case of animal cruelty caught on surveillance video leads to the arrest of two from Rome Wednesday. The video shows a man violently slinging a dog by a leash into a dumpster outside a daycare center on O’Neill Street. He walks away and then quickly goes back and slams the lid on the dumpster. On Wednesday, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason Keith Kelley, 40, and Tonya Marie Trapp, 41, both of a Covered Springs Drive address in Rome, was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and felony probation violation. The suspects are in no way affiliated with the daycare center. The workers of the daycare center found the dog in the dumpster and saved it.

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office thanked the community on Facebook for their assistance in the case.

“We all saw the deplorable acts of the two individuals responsible for abusing the dog in the video which was retrieved from the local daycare center. Many of you rightfully voiced your concerns and disgust. We are very happy to report that both individuals are behind bars today and charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals which is a felony. We would also like to take this opportunity to commend Deputy Jeremy Clay for his quick and thorough investigation of the situation. This case came to us as a result of our partnership with Floyd County PAWS. Animal Cruelty will not be tolerated in Floyd County.”

Floyd County Public Animal Welfare Services posted the following on their Facebook page Wednesday:

“Thanks to all officers involved and all the citizens that sent information on this case. Floyd County takes crimes against animals seriously. We will do everything in our power to make sure crimes as such don’t go unpunished. Special thanks to our Animal Control Officers Atkins, Freeman, Gibson, Sheriff Deputy Jeremy Clay, and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office as well as all the other officers involved with this case for their commitment to making sure animal cruelty is not tolerated here in Floyd County.”