Over 20 Dogs Seized in Cruelty Case

By: Devon Sellers Email
By: Devon Sellers Email

Dale County, AL - The Dale county sheriff’s office is investigating an animal cruelty case involving more than 20 dogs

Thursday, the sheriff's office along with Ozark Animal Control seized a group of malnourished dogs from a residence near Ariton.
Investigators say the scene was heartbreaking.

“Just putting them out there to starve to death is just totally unacceptable,” says Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson.

After complaints of animal cruelty, the Dale County Sheriff’s Office rescued 21 dogs from a residence on County Road 122.

“They were back in the woods in kennels and makeshift kennels. Just really poor living conditions,” says Olson.

Investigators say the dogs had no food and what water was available was filled with dirt and leaves.
You can see bones visible through many of the animals’ skin.

The dogs were taken to the Ozark Animal Control Shelter, where one died overnight.

Olson says, “Currently some of the dogs are trying to be treated so they can be kept alive because they were in that bad of shape.”

It’s not clear if and when the dogs will be available for adoption, but authorities say it will be after the investigation is complete.

“Some of the animals that were taken were not considered pets. They were hunting dogs and stuff like that. I don’t know what their demeanor around children will be,” says Olson.

But they do have a message they want to share.

“If you have a pet please do the right thing and take care of the pet. I know that times are hard, but it’s inhumane to let an animal starve to death. That’s pretty much what some of these cases are,” says Olson.

Investigators have determined the property belongs to the Senn family, but charges are still pending.

Those responsible face 21 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and could face up to 10.5 years in jail.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2011 at 02:21 PM
    You know I like dogs and cats. But money is tight and what to do really if you have a bunch of dogs or cats and you can't feed them. You could try to take them to a animal shelter and chances are they'll just put them down. What I can't understand is why the person that owns them can't shoot them ? Back in the day, some ol' dog that you could see was a stray, and you could try him out to see if he would make any kind of a good dog, but if he didn't, you shot him.
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      by Cynthia on Oct 25, 2011 at 10:22 AM in reply to
      I suppose in your opinion, if someone has to many kids to take care of, no worry just shoot them.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 06:18 PM in reply to Cynthia
        You know it surprises me how many ignorant people there are in the world.If a person came in possession of , say 100 dogs that came to his home. He runs without any money. He calls the animal shelter and they say we are swamped, we can't take them. What, what Cynthia is this person going to do with 100 dogs, wanting food. Dogs have No predator to keep their numbers down. What's the difference between a euthanasia shot and a well placed bullet ? About 20 dollars. Do you have 20 dollars a dog, for 100 dogs ? There is not a home for every dog to go to. Some have to be put down. So Cynthia don't act like you have a pea for a brain.
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          by Cynthia on Oct 26, 2011 at 09:45 AM in reply to Anonymous
          I've taken care of unwanted animals for many years. There are times when I have to decide who is going to do without, me or the defenseless animals. Guess who does without, me. People who can't afford to take care of a lot of animals should have their animals spayed or neutered. The animals have just as much right to live as you or I. And I'll match my IQ to yours any day of the week.
  • by MARY DUNNE on Oct 21, 2011 at 08:40 PM
    MOST DOGS EVEN HUNTING DOGS WILL ADJUST TO LOVE AND KINDNESS IT TAKE TIME AND UNDERSTANDERSTANDING THEY HAVE BEEN MISTREATED THERE FOR THEY MAY NOT BE VERY TRUSTING BUT LOVE WILL WIN THEM OVER IT WILL TAKE TIME TAKE THEM TO DR. LOGAN IN OZARK HE GOOD WILL DOGS AND ALL ANIMALS
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      by Donald on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:15 PM in reply to MARY DUNNE
      Mary, you are very naive. If you teach a dog to be a mean *ss dog, love and affection will not win him over. Why do you think that pit bulls or put down a lot of the time.When they have been mistreated and bred to fight, they are extremely dangerous.
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