Dogs abandoned while owner is behind bars

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Aug. 23, 2019 at 5:37 PM CDT
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A Headland woman has been behind bars for over a week. Left behind at her home were three innocent dogs with no one to take care of them.

A concerned citizen reached out to the police department after noticing the dogs unattended.

After an investigation, Judge Peterson signed off on a search warrant that allows police to intervene.

A Pitbull mix, Jack Russell Terrier, and a Schnauzer mix now have water, food, and shelter.

Headland's Animal Control and Police intervened after finding out their owner was incarcerated with no chance of being released soon.

"We realized we needed to do something right away or these dogs are going to eat each other," said Headland Police Corporal William Sanders.

Corporal Sanders is one of the officers that cared for the dogs.

"With her being arrested, it can't be on her, because she didn't ask to go to jail. This is where she can't take any blame for the dogs that's where we draw our line," said Sanders.

According to Headland Police Chief Mark Jones, this doesn't happen often, normally there's family or friends ready to step in.

"We are unfortunate -- we are in that position where family is out of state a long way away and can't take care of them," said Chief Jones.

Kevin Stewart met the owner less than a month ago and had been told the same thing.

"As far as I know, I was only one who knew the dogs were in the house and thought to go check," said Stewart.

When he found out of her arrest, he knew he had to step in.

"When you know something is helpless, reach out," said Stewart.

He also fed the dogs multiple times, but is a truck driver and can't give the dogs what they need.

"This way there's a hope past today to get them somewhere else,” said Stewart.

The dogs are being held at Headland's dog shelter, Charm. Police will determine if the owner will be released soon. From there they will decide what to do with the dogs.

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