SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A Savannah man has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty after authorities say they found 10 dead dogs in his abandoned home and nine more that were starving but still alive.
Kirby Campbell initially faced felony charges after the dead dogs were found last month. But District Attorney Larry Chisolm said Wednesday there's no evidence Campbell attacked or maimed the dogs to support felony charges.
Animal control officers said last month the dogs had been abandoned for at least three weeks without food or water and had resorted to feeding on each other to survive.
The Savannah Morning News reports Campbell's plea deal includes a 12-month jail sentence and a $500 fine. Prosecutor Sneh Patel told the judge Campbell will no longer be allowed to own pets.