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The Crackdown On Cruelty

By: Ben Stanfield Email
By: Ben Stanfield Email

Animal cruelty is something the Dothan Police Department calls intolerable.

A recent arrest has been made in Dothan, and more cases are currently under investigation.

Animal cruelty is not something that police officers actively look for because of the amount of man hours it takes to solve in that area alone.

If they pass a site where it appears that cruelty occurs they will then take action. That's how the most recent case in Dothan was discovered.

This is the heavy logging chain that confined this approximately 30 pound dog to a tree.

The collar around its neck was put on when the dog was very small. Since then its growth has left a scar where the tight collar was literally choking the life from this animal.

"In this case we took in three puppies and one adult dog,” Sgt. Adrianne Woodruff said. “This is one of those puppies I’m holding here, and you saw a moment ago, the wound on the back of the puppy's neck is healing."

Woodruff is the shelter administrator for the Dothan Police Department.

Dothan police arrested 51-year old David Jeffery Paul of Woods drive in Dothan. He has been charged with four counts of second degree cruelty to animals.

"Enforcing laws that mandate animals are cared for properly is something that we work hand-in-hand with the animal services division," Corporal Rachel David said of the Dothan Police Department.

The official police report says all of the dogs taken from Paul’s property were malnourished, severely infested with fleas with noticeable bruising and flesh wounds on one of the animals.

They had no food, water or shelter.

The animal services division is now fully staffed, and you can expect to see more problems like this solved very soon.

"I think it's horrible,” Woodruff said. “It's terrible that it actually goes on and someone would actually think it is okay to treat their animals this way."

The fight against animal cruelty is one the community can enforce together. If you see it, report it.

It is a crime to mistreat animals, especially in the manner you have just seen.

Paul was released from jail on bond.

Animal Services said the dogs are recovering well.

They will be at the shelter for at least 20-days before they will be put up for adoption.


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