Chained Dog Case Results in Fine

The animal neglect and tethering charges against John Crosby were disposed on March 22, 2010. He was adjudicated guilty and ordered to pay a $385 fine.

(Chatham County, GA) John Crosby’s 64-year-old neighbor says she’d do it all over again. Previously facing theft and trespass charges for entering Crosby’s property in October 2009 and unchaining his dog, Ann Wylene Lam had reportedly informed local authorities of the alleged neglect months earlier. Speaking with reporters in early December, she described her impression of the dog on the day she rescued him: “He’s not eating, he won’t pick his head up out of his bowl, he’s giving up, he’s just quitting.”

John Crosby expressed in a December 2009 news interview that he could not afford to take the dog to a veterinarian, and was unaware of the local prohibition against tethering. The dog was given over to Savannah/Chatham County Animal Control by Ms. Lam, but ultimately did not survive. John Crosby has been charged with tethering and animal neglect.

Neighbor disputes over animal care are all-too-common and the solutions are rarely expedient. When an animal’s life appears to be in immediate danger (due, for example, to temperature extremes and exposure or starvation), calling 911 is appropriate. Complaints to local law enforcement authorities should always be made via a formal written report, and keeping a dated journal of developments is often useful for witnesses. Here are some guidelines for addressing chronic animal neglect in your neighborhood:

Polite letters may be sent to the District Attorney, thanking him for seeing that all animal cruelty and neglect cases are thoroughly prosecuted, and that meaningful sentences are sought for convicted animal abusers.

Chatham County Courthouse
133 Montgomery Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Defendant John H. Crosby – case #5138646-01

Larry Chisolm, District Attorney

Chatham County
133 Montgomery Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Fax:(912) 652-7328

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