Level Plains man charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty

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LEVEL PLAINS, AL. (WTVY) - It all began with a phone call.

Melissa Stanton, Manager at S.O.S. Animal Shelter, says "Saturday morning, we met with the police officers and after they cleared the scene we went and got the dogs."

Upon investigation nine dogs were located alive, two were deceased, one was only skeletal remains, and the other appeared to have been consumed by other dogs.

"I wouldn't want anyone to see some of the stuff we've seen," said Stanton.

Stanton says the scene was horrific.

"No animal should ever live that way. The kennels were filthy, filled with feces from weeks not being clean. These animals deserve so much better than this," replied Stanton.

Whittaker Cotter, Kennel Cleaner at S.O.S Animal Shelter, says "I hate to see them like that but that's part of what we do...not too long, they will walk out of here with their forever families."

Cotter says he was surprised by the animals' temperament.

"They were actually a lot sweeter than I was expecting them to be considering they were eating what they were eating, and I'm going to leave it at that but yeah, they were a lot sweeter than what they could've been," replied Cotter.

"It just breaks your heart that these animals look to us to take care of them and humans are letting them down like this," said Stanton.

Raymond Christopher Bryant has been charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty.

Bryant is free on bond.