Rome woman arrested on aggravated animal cruelty charges after dogs found in horrible condition

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On August 25th, 2023, Officer B Carrington, was notified by Model SRO Shelly and the Model school social worker about the living conditions at 78 Todd St. as well as possible animal abuse/neglect. Officer B. Carrington, Officer R. Carrington, and Officer Tucker responded to the address. Officer R. Carrington arrived on scene first, and while there, he observed the horrible conditions of several dogs at the residence. Officers had Floyd County Animal Control officers respond. Officers also reported they observed the condition of the outside of the home to be in violation of several ordinances. DFCS also showed up to assist. Officer B Carrington observed numerous dogs and chickens at the residence. There were several puppies that were in questionable condition. Officers spoke with Melissa Ann Jordan, 30, of Rome, about the issues. Animal control officers asked Jordan if she had taken the puppies to be seen by the vet for medical attention as they were extremely thin, itchy from being completely covered in fleas, and missing almost all of their fur. Jordan advised that she had taken only one of them to be seen by a vet. Jordan advised it seemed to her that it had gotten better, so she was just going to wait and see if the others would get better on their own without any medical treatment. It was determined by animal control officers that this was definitely a case of aggravated animal cruelty. Animal control officers later advised that after the dogs had been examined by the vet, all the puppies had severe cases of the mange, several had severe ear infections, low blood sugar skin issues, and other serious medical issues. Jordan was booked into the Floyd County Jail and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals x4.

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