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Three "starving" dogs found in Memphis man's yard

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man was arrested after police said three starving dogs were found in his yard.

Harriett Gillis is an animal lover.

"I've always had animals," she said.

She cannot imagine harming her mixed breed "Max" or any other dog.

"And I don't know how you can look in a dog's face and do that to them," said Gillis.

Gillis was upset by the arrest of 48-year-old Randall Lomax of North Memphis.  He is charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

Memphis Police said three pit bull dogs were found in the yard of a house on Marble Street where Lomax lives.  One of the dogs was running loose and two others were tied with chains.

According to an affidavit, an animal control officer observed the dogs in very poor condition and starving.  She noted there was no water for the animals and that they had fly bites on their bodies.

"He wouldn't do nothing like that, because he's a real sweet guy," said one of Lomax's friends, who asked to remain anonymous.  "He's real quiet, stay to himself.  He goes to work, he goes home."

She said the dogs taken from Lomax's house were not even his, although she did not say to whom they belonged.

Animal lovers like Gillis believe someone should have kept them fed.

"Don't even own a dog if you're not going to take care of it and love it," said Gillis.

Randall Lomax's bond was set at just $100.  He was due in court Wednesday morning.

Two of the dogs found outside his house had to be euthanized.  The third was placed with a local pit bull rescue group.

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