McGregor: Two Arrested In Dead Dog, Drug Case

MCGREGOR (October 2, 2013)—Police have arrested two men named in warrants issued late last month after officers responding to a report of an odor of decay found dead dogs including one chained to a tree in the yard of a McGregor home, inside of which evidence of drug trafficking was discovered.

Brandon Smith, 29, was arrested Tuesday on the TSTC campus in Waco and Charles Jones, 63, later turned himself in, police said Wednesday.

They were both charged with animal cruelty and drug possession.

Smith posted bonds totaling $8,000 and was released Tuesday from the McLennan County Jail.

Jones' name does not appear on online jail records.

Officers were sent at around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24 to the home at 119 Rogers St. in McGregor after a caller complained about a smell of decay, police said.

They found the decaying remains of a dog in a trash bin and then discovered the decomposing remains of several more dogs chained to trees, police said.

Officers also found bones in a cleared field behind the house, police said.

Two live pit bulls were also chained to trees in the yard, police said.

They were later removed from the home.

In a search of the house officers found small quantities of marijuana and cocaine, along with scales, packaging material, ledger notes and plastic bags containing residue, police said.

Officers also discovered the water meter had been tampered with and that the residents were receiving service illegally.

Theft charges were still pending Wednesday.

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