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Raid Turns Up 104 Dogs; Couple Arrested

December 7, 1986

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ Authorities raiding a home found 104 dogs, some jammed in pairs into travel carriers and others packed into back-yard pens and a storage room, and arrested a couple.

Most of the animals lacked food and water and were surrounded by excrement and mud, said Gwinnett County animal control officer Regina Hicks after Friday’s raid.

″It was so awful that another officer and myself broke out crying,″ she said.

″We thought it was going to be bad, but none of us was prepared for the magnitude of what we found. Their hair was matted beyond belief. Some had developed skin problems.″

Police obtained a search warrant for the home of Dale and Bobette Phillips after complaints from neighbors.

Phillips, 51, was charged Friday with obstructing an officer, a felony. Mrs. Phillips was charged with cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor. Both were released on property bonds.

Ms. Hicks said the raid turned up business cards for ″Bobette’s Kennel.″

She said animal control officers spent much of Saturday vaccinating and grooming the dogs, which will be kept at the county animal shelter until a court rules on the case.

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