Dale County Chief Sheriff's Investigator Harvey Mathis says 46-year-old Jeffrey L. Dean was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals after he showed up to court.
Warrants were filed for Dean last week after deputies said they found three dogs without food or water on May 6 in or around a residence from which Dean was allegedly moving.
The residence is in Headland but within Dale County's limits.
Mathis says the dogs were turned over to Dean's ex-wife.
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