Deputies in Putnam County have now also arrested the boyfriend of a woman accused of abusing or neglecting her dog and multiple puppies.
Following 27-year-old Deondra Milledge's arrest, investigators said she named her boyfriend, Ryan Flynn, as the person who placed a dead dog named Sasha and her six puppies by the side of the road. Only one of the puppies has survived.
A warrant was issued for Flynn's arrest, and on Monday, he was found hiding out in the Welaka area. He was booked into the Putnam County jail on two counts of causing cruel death by pain and suffering to an animal, and three counts of abandonment of an animal. His bond was set at $4,520.
Last week, deputies said they received information regarding a possible malnourished dog in the 100 block of Beecher Springs Road.
Investigators said a passerby noticed a dead dog lying near a trash collection site, along with six puppies, three of which were also dead.
Authorities said the Good Samaritan collected the three remaining puppies and took them home to care for them.
According to deputies, further investigation revealed that the pit bull/hound mix and her puppies may have been neglected and/or abused as they were severely emaciated.
Milledge was identified as a suspect and was arrested on five counts of animal cruelty.
The puppy that survived, named Beecher (pictured above), is with his new family and now has his own Facebook page called "Hope for Beecher."