The recent discovery of three dead dogs in a wooded area of a neighborhood off Adams Avenue has led to the arrest of a Thomson man for violation of city ordinances, according to police.
Authorities had received information that the dogs had been found in grocery carts and it was suspected that they may have met their deaths as a result of illegal dog fighting. The original belief that such activity was ongoing in the city limits was even reported to Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry.
The mayor said he immediately followed up on the complaint, personally checking out the situation with police on two different occasions. The latest complaint came last Thursday.
"There were two dogs found in grocery carts the first time we came out," Mayor Usry said. "Those dogs should have been buried. I don't know why they weren't."
A third dog, described as a puppy, just a few months old, also was found dead in that same area.
Police Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle said he and other officers have found no evidence to support claims by some people that the dogs died as a result of injuries received from dog fighting.
"We looked all over that area and we didn't find that sort of evidence," Lt. Whittle said.
There was evidence that dogs had been chained to trees in a wooded area behind some houses off Adams Avenue. Partial pieces of chains were visible on tree limbs to reporters as they combed the area with Mayor Usry and police.
William Mance, of the 600 block of Adams Avenue, was taken into custody by police last Thursday and charged with illegal dumping and animal control violations, Lt. Whittle said.
Lt. Whittle said Mr. Mance told him that he had rescued the dogs and that he believes they died from parvovirus - often a deadly disease.