Owner in viral dog video faces custody battle

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SAVANNAH, Ga., (WSAV) –  

A viral Facebook video alleging animal abuse is being investigated by Chatham County Animal Services.

 

In the video seen over 3,000 times on Facebook, a 7-month-old pit bull named Blue is shown being dragged by his owner back to his home.

 

Nearly three weeks later both of his dogs remain in the custody of Chatham County Animal Services, despite a judge saying he’s done nothing wrong.

 

Bhritten Enmund appeared in court this week and charges were dismissed but he has still not been granted custody of his dogs. Chatham County Animal services say while the dogs are in good condition they’re concerned about letting them go back to Edmund’s home.

 

“I’m innocent until proven guilty I went to court to get proven not guilty why won’t you give me back my belongings,” Enmund says.

 

Dr. Jake Harper, director of Chatham County Animal Services tells News 3 this is not the end for Enmund. “We actually switched charges he had brought county ordinance charges and we switched to the state code to enable us to actually pursue animal cruelty charges in a state court,” Dr. Harper said.

 

Which is why he says the dogs are still being held at animal services. He tells News 3 they’ll remain there until charges are pursued in a higher court.

 

News 3’s Darius Johnson was able to see the dogs but couldn’t take a camera inside the isolation room where they’re being held. Dr. Harper says it’s because they have hook and whipworms or intestinal parasites, which he says is a sign of a poor living environment.

 

“With the ordinance that we have if our animal service officers believe a dog can be in danger we can take those dogs into our custody until we can investigate the situation,” Dr. Harper says.

 

News 3 questioned why they didn’t need a warrant to take the dogs in the first place when the video surfaced. Dr. Harper says the video shows they were in danger.

 

“The video shows a dog being carried by one of the front legs and we all know that’s not the proper way to handle an animal,” Dr. Harper said.

 

He says the state code will be enforced by Chatham County Police where they are expected to serve Enmund a warrant. State charges could mean an elevated fine, misdemeanor, or felony charges which could mean jail time.

 

We will continue to follow this developing story for you.



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