Animal Cruelty Cases on the rise in Dale County

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

They have no voice of their own.

That's why investigators like Harvey Mathis with the Dale County Sheriff's Office are doing everything they can to help save their lives.

“This past year, we have seen an increase in the animal cruelty cases. Just recently we have had cases with dogs either being found out in the woods or people abandoning dogs,” Mathis said.

A mother pit bull, her six puppies and a male pit were all found in a deep wooded area in Midland City.

“There was no food present, the water present was stagnant, and the male dog was so wrapped around the tree he couldn't even move anywhere. He was basically confined to within inches of the chain,” Mathis said.

A German shepherd found, was covered in mange. He had to be euthanized.

“There are days that I come in and it's real hard to deal with. You know, you see those certain dogs that come in and all they want is the attention."

The animals involved in cruelty cases are taken to the Ozark City Animal Shelter, a place that is already filled to capacity with animals.

To date, 85 dogs have been adopted out of the animal shelter, but compare that to 430 that had to be euthanized.

“When you get tired of them, you can't just throw them away like they're a piece of trash,” said Mathis.

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