On April 14, 2011 the first time in the Dothan Police Department history, Animal Control Officers made an arrest under the State’s Sterilization law.
Under the law, any person who adopts through an animal welfare agency, whether the agency is private or public, has 30 days to provide proof of spay or neuter.
A contract for sterilization is signed at the shelter upon adoption of any shelter animals.
The law was enacted to help control and reduce the number of unwanted pets in the state.
On 04-08-11, Animal Control Officers were dispatched to an injured animal call in the 700 block of Moorehouse Dr. Upon arrival, officers found an injured adult female dog that the owner said had been hit by a car.
The owner was instructed to take the dog to a veterinarian immediately.
Animal Control Officers followed up on the injury on 04-12-11, at which time they found the dog laying in the front yard with the same serious wound on her left rear leg.
The dog was taken to the City’s animal shelter by Animal Control Officers where it later received surgery to amputate the badly damaged toes.
Animal Control files indicated that the owner had adopted the dog through the City’s shelter in February, 2011 and he failed to abide by the State of Alabama’s sterilization laws.
• The owner of the dog, Joe Nathan Cummings, 46 years of age, of Moorehouse Dr. was arrested and charged with Cruelty to Animals, a class B Misdemeanor and Violation of the Sterilization law, a class C Misdemeanor.