Dothan Man Says Treated Unfairly After Charged with Animal Cruelty

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

A two year old dog is now in the hands of Dothan City Animal Control with two amputated toes.

Her previous owner, 46 year old Joe Nathan Cummings is charged with animal cruelty and violation of the sterilization law.

But he says he's being treated unfairly.

“I told her that we were going to try and get it taken care of. We called some people and they said that we needed to have some cash money to get the dog taken care of and we didn't have the cash money at the time,” said Cummings.

Cummings says the dog was hit by a vehicle Thursday.

His daughter called police and animal control for help.

“We told him he needed to take it to the vet,” said Sgt. Adrianne Woodruff with Dothan City Animal Shelter.

“They gave us a two day extension and we still couldn't get nothing done but she came out to get the dog and get the dog euthanized, is exactly what she told me and so I said we really don't want the dog dead and she said well we can't do nothing about it you know,” said Cummings.

“Since we got the dog we actually got a local veterinarian to supply free pet care and surgery was done to the dog, which a few toes were removed and the dog was spayed,” said Woodruff.

“All they had to do was do that from the get go and we could have kept the dog and I wouldn't have had to spend any time downtown and what she could have did was investigated on who hit the dog,” said Cummings.

“The responsibility for the injured pet falls on the pet owner, certainly the city of Dothan does not offer veterinarian services,” said Public Information Officer, Rachel David.

Cummings says he plans to fight the charges and try to get the dog back.

The dog will be available for adoption in about 3-weeks.

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