TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities have charged a Colbert County woman with animal cruelty after removing more than 120 dogs from her home.
Sheriff Ronnie May says, Debra Jane Catledge was charged with 15 counts of second-degree dog/cat cruelty. Many of the animals were removed from her home Wednesday, and Catledge was taken into custody Thursday.
A total of 125 living dogs and four dead dogs, mostly Pomeranian and Yorkshire terriers, were taken from the home.
Lawyer Billy Underwood represents Catledge. He said his client has raised, trained and sold dogs for 20 years and has never had a problem with the authorities.
Second-degree dog/cat cruelty is a misdemeanor. Catledge was released on bond totaling $750.
The dogs were brought to rescue agencies after being evaluated.