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Malnourished dogs found in Snellville moved to foster home

LAWRENCEVILLE - Several Doberman pinschers police say had been malnourished have now left a local animal clinic and have been moved into a temporary home while an investigation against their owners is being completed.

On April 27, 10 Doberman pinchers were taken from a Snellville home after police received information the animals were being neglected.

The dogs were at the Falcon Village Animal Hospital in Lawrenceville until Tuesday when they were moved into a foster home, Gwinnett Animal Control Officer Joey Brooks said.

"They've gained some weight, and they look a lot better," Brooks said.

Capt. Herald Thomas of the Snellville Police Department said the Dobermans were in bad shape when they found them more than a month ago.

"You could see every bone in their body when we first picked them up," Thomas said.

Elliott Steven Reese, 43, and his wife, Shawn, 40, were both arrested and charged with two counts of felony aggravated cruelty and nine counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty after the dogs were found at their home in April.

Thomas said police are waiting on written reports from the veterinarian involved in the case before turning it over to the District Attorney's office. He said he does not know when the case might move to court.

Until the case does go to court and the matter is resolved, the dogs will be unavailable for adoption and will remain at the foster home, Brooks said.

"We're hoping they'll be surrendered to animal control and then we can put them up for adoption," he said.