Three Charged with Animal Cruelty

Three northwest Georgia people arrested recently on charges of First Degree Child Cruelty and Deprivation of a Minor, have now been charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.

According to Floyd County Jail records, 47-year-old Austin Ferris Byess, 37-year-old Robin Leighann Smith, and 47-year-old Albert Foster Byess, all of Cave Spring, failed to provide a shepherd mix named “Spike” with enough food.

The report states that “Spike” showed signs of malnourishment as a result.

At the time of their initial arrests, authorities said the three allowed children to live in the Chubb Road home that was covered in trash, and animal waste.  The children had been living with roaches on their clothing and had a noticeable odor while at school.

(WRGA Rome)

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