Macon man gets bond; Roswell cops say he kept dog in plastic container

Police in Roswell arrested a man from Macon on Sunday for animal cruelty.

On Monday, that man — 38-year-old Alton Coates — received a $2,500 bond. A spokesperson for Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said Coates remained in a Fulton jail as of 1:40 p.m. Monday.

Coates is charged with aggravated animal cruelty, which is a felony.

Police obtained a warrant for his arrest on Friday after they found a dog locked in a plastic container in a hotel room where Coates was staying.

Police found the dog, a Chihuahua mix, Wednesday when officers were called to the Studio 6 Motel at 9955 Old Dogwood Road. 

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Police said housekeeping personnel discovered the dog in the plastic container and described it as “emaciated” and “malnourished.” 

The dog was rescued and transported to Chattahoochee Animal Care Center.

Lisa Holland, a spokesperson for Roswell police, said she is unaware of Coates’ criminal history. No previous arrests came up for him when his name was searched in the Fulton County court records database.

Coates appeared in a Fulton County court on Monday, where he received bond. His next court date is June 4 at 9:30 a.m.

This story has been updated.

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