Friday, May 19, 2017

Georgia: Dave Edwards, 53, runs a pit bull rescue. He was arrested and charged with 23 counts of animal cruelty. Thirteen dogs seized from ammonia-filled home

GEORGIA -- A man was arrested in Cobb County early Thursday and charged with 23 counts of animal cruelty.

Dave Edwards was charged with 13 counts of improper ventilation and 13 counts of improper sanitation after 13 dogs were taken from the 3900 block of Lullwater Main in Kennesaw.

Officers initially responded to David Edwards' home due to the constant barking heard by multiple dogs.

When officers approached the home, the stench of ammonia could be smelled from outside.

Police say the dogs were found lying on  “urine-soaked bedding” with improper ventilation.

Police had an ammonia meter which gave readings of 17 ppm to 48 ppm. The warrant states that "the acceptable limit of 2 ppm.”

The thirteen dogs seized include Boxers, Pit Bulls and Briard-type dogs. They were taken to the Cobb County Animal Shelter for medical examinations.

Edwards was arrested around 1:30 a.m., according to jail records. Edwards’ bond is set at $8,470.

On his vehicle, Edwards had bumper stickers that read "rescued dogs rock" and "I love pit bulls."

CBS46 has reached out to authorities for more specific information on the incident that led to Edwards' arrest.

Full Name: David William Edwards
Race: White
Gender: Male
Block: 3900 Lullwater Main NW
City: Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
Height: 6'02"
Weight: 205 lbs
Hair Color: GRY
Eye Color: GRN
Place of Birth: FL
Arrest Age: 53
Arrest Date: 05/18/2017
Arrest Location: ACWORTH CITY JAIL, Cobb, GA
Cruelty to Animals (Misdemeanor)
STATUTE: OCGA16-12-4 (b)

Note: has him listed as being charged with 206 counts of Animal Cruelty, but it must be a typo.


Atlanta Pit Bull Networking (APBN) has been created by Dave Edwards primarily for the purpose of saving the lives of pit bulls and pit bull mixes in danger of being euthanized at Metro Atlanta area shelters. There is an ongoing need to recruit qualified FOSTERS. There are a number of RESCUE organizations represented in this group that will consider pulling for an approved foster.

This group is also an appropriate venue for marketing dogs for ADOPTION and/or RESCUE directly from shelters. Members seeking to ADOPT or FOSTER a pit bull may post their specific requests.

PLEASE POST DOGS THAT ARE LOCATED IN METRO ATLANTA OR WITHIN A 75-MILE RADIUS OF DOWNTOWN ATLANTA. We need to clean up our own backyard before we are able to extend our reach to other areas.

The members of this group, most of whom are involved in RESCUE, do NOT condone breeding of pit bulls.

Dave Edwards can be contacted at

Dog rescue · Pit bull · American Pit Bull Terrier

Kennesaw, Georgia

His Facebook page says:

I am a dog rescuer specializing in pit bulls and other large breeds. I raise funds for spay/neuter.
- Volunteer and Foster Parent at Refuge Rescue
- Studied Developmental Psychology at University of Washington

- Studied Psychology at Pepperdine University

This YouCaring fundraiser page posted last year mentions David Edwards. Edwards has been "pulling" animals from local shelters. Why are shelters handing animals over to him? Are they even verifying that he is capable of finding responsible homes for these dogs? Did they check to see how many dogs he is allowed at his residence? How many dogs have these shelters handed over to him?

For: DASH Animal Rescue
Lawrenceville, GA
Organizer: DASH Animal Rescue
Dudley (DASH Animal Rescue)
$373 of $360 goal raised by 11 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story
"Dudley is only 5 months old and ended up on Gwinnett County Shelter's code red list. Dash Animal Rescue with the help of David Edwards is pulling him from the shelter and will have him transported to the rescue in Ohio. He has Demodex and will be treated for it once he arrives in Ohio. We want to thank everyone for honoring their pledges."


This YouCaring fundraiser seems to be from late 2014 / early 2015 and was created by David Edwards.

Police need to look into all these fundraisers he collected money for and verify that he actually spent the money on vet care, as promised.

Help Rehabilitate Diesel the Sweet Boy from Gwinnett
For: Diesel from Pen #147 @ Gwinnett AC
Kennesaw, GA
Organizer: Dave Edwards
Help Rehabilitate Diesel the Sweet Boy from Gwinnett (Diesel from Pen #147 @ Gwinnett AC)
$1,170 of $1,170 goal raised by 43 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story
Diesel is the sweet male pit bull mix in pen #147 at Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA. He is declining daily! Diesel has an upper respiratory infection of unknown type and severity. He is coughing up phlegm. I am trying to collect sufficient funds for quarantine boarding at Animal Hospital of Towne Lake in Woodstock. Donations in ANY amount are greatly appreciated.

Please note that any remaining funds will be put towards pulling another dog from Gwinnett County Animal Control.

UPDATE (2/5/15): Diesel has been at Animal Hospital of Towne Lake for about 48 hours... he is responding to treatment well. Donations can be called directly into the vet's office at 770-591-9500... just let them know it's for Diesel under David Edwards from Kennesaw. Thank you for your support!


(CBS46 - May 19, 2017)


  1. This man is a rescuer and he is one of the admins for the FB page Atlanta pit bull networking.

    1. Thanks for the tip! I got it added.