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Man sought in animal cruelty case

SNELLVILLE - Police are looking for a Snellville man, a Doberman pinscher breeder, who allegedly starved two dogs and poorly treated many others.

Elliott Steven Reese, 43, is accused of two counts of felony aggravated cruelty, and nine counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

The Snellville Police Department arrested Reese's wife Shawn Reese, 40, on the same charges.

When police arrived at 2666 Ashworth Lake Road, they found 12 dogs, two of them deceased, including a puppy and a badly decomposed dog inside a garbage bag, said Snellville Police Sgt. Ray Gunter.

The dogs mainly were kept in a utility shed, where one animal was so malnourished his rib cage and hip bones were showing, Gunter said.

And then, there was the awful smell.

"You can smell it in the driveway before you get to the house, the decomposed animals, waste and urine," Gunter said.

The couple had a pit bull that lived inside the house that was not badly treated, police said.

Someone had noted the Reese's alleged poor treatment of the Dobermans, and e-mailed Gwinnett County Animal Control photos of the skinny dogs. Animal control investigated, realized the case involved felony charges, and notified the police, Gunter said.

Reese is also wanted by the Conyers Police Department for probation violation, the arrest warrant said.