Purebred animals confiscated from former show handler
Press Release from Cherokee County Marshal's Office
On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the Cherokee County Marshal’s office investigated an animal cruelty case at 585 Creighton Road in Ball Ground. A complaint was called in to the Marshal’s Office because of suspicions of animal neglect.
The complainant expressed concerns due to terrible smells and barking coming from the property.
The Marshal’s Office executed a search warrant, and the officers, Animal Shelter staff, a local licensed vet, a representative from the Solicitor’s office and an inspector from the Department of Agriculture all went out to the property to investigate.
Cherokee County officers confiscated 19 dogs and 1 cat from the property. The dogs were purebred Great Pyrenees and Sheltie dogs. Five of the dogs were Great Pyrenees (one pictured above) and the rest were Shelties (at top). 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, Rud Tietjen, 55, for 20 counts of animal cruelty. The owner used to show dogs in the late 80s to mid-90s.