Longtime animal rescuer Aaron Thompson was arrested on one felony county of animal cruelty for what investigators found inside two houses.
But when the two split up in October, Kaczynski said they also agreed to split up responsibility for the animals still in their care. She took six dogs with her to a new house in Eatonton. Thompson was left with a dozen animals, including a pot belly pig, spread between two houses across the street from each other in Decatur.
|They hoarded animals in TWO HOUSES|
When the FOX 5 I-Team stopped by Thompson's house a few days later, the stench was still overwhelming. We found him on his sofa in a room filled with empty cages and debris. He said he could barely move.
"I am sick of it," he moaned. "I cannot believe that it's going on. I can't believe she put me in this predicament."
|Floors covered in litter, animal hair and dander... is |
that white stuff flea powder? Floors are ruined.
|Look at the layer of hair and dust on the blinds|
"She left all these dogs behind and I was upset because they're her dogs and why would she leave them behind?" Novak asked. "And I wasn't upset until I realized Aaron's condition that I was just mad."
Thompson claimed he couldn't walk between the two houses to properly care for any of the dogs. He said his ex never checked on him or the dozen animals they had rescued together. That included a pot belly pig named Charlotte that neighbor Novak found with protruding ribs and little shelter. Kaczynski had posted for years on social media about Charlotte.
"When you're in rescue, you don't abandon animals," Novak complained. She also helps an animal rescue group. "We're constantly cleaning up other people's messes when other people abandon animals."
"This has been devastating," she told me. "My worst nightmare. I left the dogs with him because I never doubted he'd take care of them. I trusted him that he'd call me if there would be a problem. I never anticipated I'd have to worry because you'd think you'd know that person."
She insisted all the dogs and Aaron were healthy when she moved away.
|What Charlotte looked like when Kaczynski got her|
|What Kaczynski turned Charlotte into by the time she was seized|
This is ridiculous. I'm sure Aaron would testify against Chrissy. You charge both of them and let the judge figure it out.
But neighbor Rebecca Novak took pictures which she believed show more than just one month's worth of neglect. Chrissy admitted to us she had not been in one of the houses for more than a year.
Foster homes are supposed to be inspected regularly by the rescue group that placed the dogs there.
Friends of DeKalb Animals president Lynn Herron said she relied on Kaczynski to inspect her own houses.
Kaczynski told me it was her ex-boyfriend's job to find a new home for Charlotte the pot belly pig. After the arrest, Charlotte was moved to The Tucker Farm where the owners said she is thriving.
Meanwhile, Aaron Thompson has been living alone. No partner. No animals. Just a future court date.
"If I have to have some criminal charges against me, I'll just have to deal with them," he vowed. "Cause I can't keep living with something over my head."
(Fox5Atlanta - Dec 5, 2016)