Glynn County woman charged with beating puppies to death with sledgehammer
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Glynn County police arrested a Sterling woman after two 7-week-old puppies were beaten to death with a sledgehammer Thursday morning at her home.
The puppies' owner, Catherine Tyre, 46, of the 100 block of Godley Road, was charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty, police Capt. Jack Boyet said.
Tyre is accused of using an estimated 10-pound sledgehammer to kill the pitbull mix puppies in the yard of her home about 11:20 a.m. A witness saw the beatings and called police, Boyet said.
Officers found the dead puppies inside a bag that Tyre planned to bury. She told them the animals had been sick, Boyet said.
"She said they were running around the yard falling down," Boyet said.
Necropsies will be performed today, said Beverly Morris, director of Glynn County Animal Services.
Boyet said they seized two other puppies, also about 7 weeks, and two adult dogs, believed to be the parents of the litter, at the home. The animals were placed in custody of Animal Services.
"The puppies were very hungry when we got them, and they had tons of fleas ... The male dog had some old scars on his chest," Morris said.
Tyre had surrendered three other dogs to Animal Services in March, records showed. If convicted, Tyre faces one to five years in prison and fines up to $15,000 on each count.