These photos apparently show a dead chicken duct taped to a dog’s neck in Columbus. (Credit: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Woman allegedly duct-tapes dead chicken to dog

In a matter that drew involvement from a Georgia mayor, a woman has been cited after authorities said she duct-taped a dead chicken to a dog’s neck “to teach it a lesson.”

About 10:30 p.m. Monday, Columbus police were called to investigate reports of what appeared to be a pit bull or pit mix in a fenced yard with a dead chicken duct-taped to its neck, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson told the Ledger-Enquirer.

A 74-year-old Phenix City, Ala., woman apparently brought a live chicken to Columbus while she watched a house for her daughter, the newspaper reported.

“... The dog kills the chicken,” Tomlinson said. “So she said that she duct-taped the dead chicken to the dog to, quote, 'Teach it a lesson not to kill her chickens.’”

The woman told police that’s what people do in the country to train dogs not to kill chickens, the mayor said.

The woman, who has not been identified, was cited for criminal animal cruelty, which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, the newspaper reported.

The incident set off a lengthy Facebook discussion after Columbus resident Hannah Gillespie posted pictures of the dog with what appears to be a dead chicken duct taped to its neck, the newspaper reported.

Tomlinson responded to the Facebook discussion after she was tagged in the comments.

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