Armuchee woman charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and house condemned in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On July 3rd, 2023, at 9:31 AM, Officer Shelly and Officer Kelsi Wade arrived at 760 Floyd Springs Road in reference to a complaint about property conditions violating multiple county ordinances and code violations. Officers arrived and made contact with Animal Control Officers Bohannon and Atkins. Officer Wade reported, “The back door was open, and all [I] could see from the doorway was garbage before approaching the door. There were a set of stairs that were made of wood. The stairs were very unstable and were rotting. To the left of the stairs, there was a large hole in the foundation that was underneath a room. [I] began to walk up the stairs and announce myself before making entry into the home. [I] looked down and observed drops of blood leading from outside through the kitchen area. There was an old molded mattress with the springs completely showing as soon as you walked into the home. The amount of trash that [I] saw from the back door was absolutely horrifying. [I] could not see a single area of flooring. There was molded food, rat droppings, and an extreme amount of urine and feces covering the floor.” While clearing the house, officers located a deceased black and white male dog lying on the bed. The dog was still warm to the touch and was bleeding, suffering a gunshot. The blood was fresh, still wet, and actively oozing out. Atkins and I then located what appeared to be an entrance wound from a bullet in King’s lower rib area. On July 5th, 2023, at approximately 2:19 PM, officers arrived at 760 Floyd Springs Road in reference to a follow-up in an attempt to make contact with homeowner Constance Elinor Grissett, 41, of Armuchee. Officer Wade made contact with Grissett, who had two puppies with her that had a severe flea infestation and other injuries. When asked about the dead dog (King), she stated she was aware of and watched him die a slow, painful death without seeking medical treatment. She advised at one point, King had a violent seizure before passing away. She informed the officer that King had a large cut on his leg, and it was bleeding heavily. Officer Wade reported, “[I] informed Grissett that [I] did not see any type of cut on King when we found him, but [I] was unsure if Animal Control had located an injury to his leg.” Grissett advised that she watched as King was experiencing his seizure and that it lasted for some time before he died in front of her. Grissett was arrested and then transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with cruelty to animals x5 and aggravated cruelty to animals. The house was in such bad shape the house had to be condemned by officers. While Grissett was getting booked in, several jail deputies began to gag and cough while filling out her paperwork and searching her.

While Grisset

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