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Metter police find dead animals in home

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Leith Moore Canty (Source: Metter police) Leith Moore Canty (Source: Metter police)

Metter police say a woman was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after dead and abandoned animals were discovered at her home. 

Officers responded Wednesday to a home at 250 N. Kennedy St. The landlord said there were foul smells and there was a possible animal cruelty or human death.

The landlord told an investigator that the house appeared abandoned and a foul odor was coming from the home. He said he saw what appeared to be dead animals in the home when he looked through a window and was concerned about the renter possibly being deceased inside, according to police. The landlord let the investigator into the home to perform a welfare check.

The investigator was overpowered with an odor of feces, urine and decay.  He saw several dogs and cats in the house, but could not find food or water for the animals. A dead puppy and cat were also discovered.

The renter wasn't home and appeared she had not been there for some time, according to police.

Metter-Candler County Animal Control was called to the home. They removed and impounded the four surviving dogs and two cats.

An arrest warrant was obtained for the renter Leith Moore Canty, 52, of Metter.

Police said Canty turned herself in to the Candler County Jail and that she has been cooperating with investigators.

Canty is charged with cruelty to animals.

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