Take Action! Charges Pending in Chained Dog CasePosted by Scott Heiser, Director of ALDF's Criminal Justice Program on December 29, 2009
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.
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.
Locals are encouraged to support the prosecution by attending court proceedings.
A hearing date in the Crosby case is currently scheduled for January 4,
2010. (Always contact the Court to confirm court dates as they are
subject to change.)
Chatham County Courthouse
133 Montgomery Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Defendant John H. Crosby – case #5138646-01