Officials investigate animal cruelty

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is investigating a case of alleged animal cruelty in Crosland Park.

According to the report, an individual reported the dogs to Public Safety on Wednesday after he arrived at the Croft Avenue home to do some work for the owner, who hadn’t been seen in several days.

Officers found a pit bull in a cage about 2 feet wide and 3 feet long, the bottom of which was covered in animal waste, according to the report. The cage had no food or water inside of it.

The dog had waste on is feet and stomach, was underweight and appeared to be hungry after it was removed from the cage, according to the report.

The second dog, also a pit bull, was found chained up in the back yard of the home, according to the report. The dog was tangled around a tree, preventing it from reaching its makeshift dog house built from a truck shell. There were no food or water bowls present.

The dogs were taken to the Aiken SPCA. No charges have been filed.

Man detained for assault and battery

An Aiken man was detained for assault and battery after he reportedly punched a man in a fit of anger on Wednesday, according to a sheriff’s report.

The 48-year-old victim told officers the suspect had gotten his truck stuck in the backyard of their Wrights Mill Road home and was attempting to drive it out, according to the report. The suspect was yelling and cursing.

The victim said he put his hands on the suspect “in an attempt to calm him down,” at which point the suspect struck the victim in the mouth with a closed fist, according to the report. Officers saw a visible injury to the victim’s lower lip.

The man was charged with assault and battery third-degree and taken to the Aiken County detention center.