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Man banned from pet ownership
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A Mountain Street man has been banned from owning a pet again after Animal Control found his dog without food or water.
The man, Jonathan Davenport, was allowed to plead guilty before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to the lesser charge of misdemeanor animal cruelty. He was originally charged with aggravated animal cruelty which is a felony carrying one to two years in prison.
As part of his plea, Judge Locke forbid him from owning another animal and said he must relinquish his rights to the dog which was found malnourished on his property. He will also be required to allow an inspection of his home to ensure he has no other animals. Judge Locke noted Davenport will also be liable for $590 in veterinary bills paid by the city to nurse the dog back to health.
Davenport was hit with the charges when David Denton from Animal Control was called to his residence to check out a report of a neglected animal.
“There was no food, no water and the dog could not get into his dog house,” Denton said in his warrant against Davenport.