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Two men arrested in animal cruelty cases

Gwinnett authorities this week arrested two men in separate cases that charge them with endangering the lives of dogs.

Suwanee resident Jimmy Lee Mixon, 23, was arrested Tuesday on felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges for reportedly leaving two dogs near starvation in the backyard of his Cherokee Trail home.

One dog, a boxer named "Titan," later died of malnutrition.

Suwanee police began investigating April 14 when a neighbor reported that the boxer and a German shepherd-Labrador retriever mix named Beau were unresponsive in the backyard.

"Both dogs were extremely thin with their rib bones clearly outlined," a responding officer wrote in a Suwanee police report.

An animal control officer removed the dogs and transported them to the Gwinnett Emergency Animal Clinic for treatment, the report says. Officers advised Mixon he could face charges if the animals succumbed to illness during treatment.

According to the police report, Mixon told police he'd been feeding the dogs twice a day but could not keep them properly nourished because they were too active.

Mixon posted $2,600 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on Wednesday.

In an unrelated case, Gwinnett police arrested Stone Mountain resident Leroy Boyd after he brought a sickly dog named Kujo to a Snellville PetSmart for assessment.

Police charged Boyd with misdemeanor animal cruelty for "failing to take necessary care of (the) animal and allowing the animal's fur to fall off and skin to rot over the majority of (its) body," according to an arrest warrant. The dog's breed was not specified.

Boyd remained in jail on $5,700 bond Wednesday. Animal control officers took custody of the dog, according to a police report.