19 dogs rescued from filthy Cherokee County home

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BALL GROUND, Ga. - Cherokee County authorities rescued over a dozen dogs and a cat from a home in Ball Ground Wednesday.

Officers were tipped off by a caller who said there was a terrible smell and barking coming from the property.

The Marshal’s Office executed a search warrant, and the officers, Animal Shelter staff and a local licensed vet all went out to the property on Creighton Road to investigate.

The officers confiscated 19 dogs and a cat from the property. The dogs were purebred great Pyrenees and shelties.

The dogs were emaciated and showed signs of serious neglect. The officers found dog carcasses, bones, rancid meat and feces on the property.

The Marshal’s Office arrested the owner of the dogs, 55-year-old Rud Tietjen, on 20 counts of animal cruelty. The owner used to show dogs in the late '80s to mid-'90s.