A Columbus man and woman face a series of theft and cruelty to animal charges after police found stolen guns and malnourished dogs Thursday at a Meadowcliff Drive home.
Christopher Upshaw, 32, and Deonna Turner, 29, were arrested about 7:30 a.m. at 3824 Meadowcliff Drive. Upshaw is charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property in a 12 gauge shotgun and .45-caliber Glock pistol, misdemeanor cruelty to animals, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, misdemeanor cruelty to children and battery.
Turner also faces two counts of theft by receiving stolen property charges, possession of a sawed of shotgun and cruelty to animal charges. Both are held in the Muscogee County Jail for a 2 p.m. hearing today in Recorder's Court.
While police were at the home, officers found two dogs locked in a carport shed with no food or water available. The malnourished animals were described as "skin and bones."
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The shotgun found at the home was reported stolen from Phenix City and the pistol was stolen from Columbus, police said.