Rome man arrested in felony aggravated animal cruelty and abandonment case in Floyd County

According to Floyd County Police Department incident report, On February 8th, 2023, at 6:51 PM, Officer Kelsi Wade was informed about a set of dogs that were abandoned on Mango Road near Wayside Road in Floyd County. The Director of Animal Control informed officers that one of the dog’s had a chip. The owner of the chipped dog informed an Animal Control officer that they re-homed the dog, and it has not been in their possession for an extended period of time. On March 6th, 2023, Tranis Kenkade Broughton, 41, of Rome, and Jeramiah Zechriah Flot, 26, of Rome, went to Animal Control and attempted to take custody back of the dogs. When they informed both parties that they would have to speak with officers, they instantly left. According to the report, one of the dogs suffers from severe mange. Mange is a skin disease that is caused by a mite that is found in the hair follicles. Mange causes redness, rash, itching, hair loss, sores, lesions, and scabby crusty or scaly skin. Through an investigation, officers learned that Flot and Broughton had owned the dogs that had been dumped. During a traffic stop conducted by the Rome City Police Department, Broughton advised Officer Wade that they did not dump the dogs, and they must have run away or gotten stolen from their yard. Officer Wade reported, “When [I] attempted to ask Broughton if they had dumped the dogs, they stated “I’m not going to worry about that right now” before walking away. Animal Control officers informed me that two of the dogs were also heart-worm positive. Heartworms are a very serious disease that results in severe lung damage, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs. Officer Wade was then given bodycam footage from February 8th, 2023, where an animal control officer responded to Hasty Road in regards to a complaint about the dogs. In the video, Broughton states that the dogs who were currently running on the property were his dogs. The video showed the officers wrote a written warning to Broughton in regards to the dogs. Broughton then began to get defensive, stating that “Write it to my husband cause those his dogs though.” Flot then walked out of the camper to speak with the officers. Broughton then stated, “You can go ahead and take them if that’s the case,” then stated, “I don’t have time for all that,” and that he was “finna take them somewhere.” On March 27th, 2023, Flot was arrested after a call regarding an open 911 call and a possible physical altercation taking place. Flot was booked into the Floyd County Jail and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and four counts of abandonment of dogs. As of this report, Broughton has not been arrested on the warrants.

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