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.