MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — It was not a pretty sight Wednesday on Floyd Hardin Lane in Hazel Green. At least ten deer heads were thrown on the side of the road. About 50 yard from the heads were two full deer carcasses, illegally dumped on the curb.
The disturbing sight combined with an unpleasant odor and multiple complaints had officials in Madison County rushing to take care of the problem.
Madison County Commission Roger Jones got wind of the situation Wednesday morning and immediately started to work on clean-up.
“We see one or two deer get hit by cars daily, but this may be the first time we’ve ever buried that many,” said Commissioner Jones.
The Madison County Public Health Department responded to the situation by cleaning up the scene and burying the carcasses, the proper protocol for when animals are found deceased on public roads.
Commissioner Jones says he doesn’t know how long the remains were on the side of the road, but it was likely a few days. Officials were not alerted to the situation until early Wednesday morning.
“Our main concern was just getting those carcasses buried so it wouldn’t be a health issue, or a hazard for the public,” said Jones.
Illegal dumping is covered under Alabama law. According to Commissioner Jones, the person who dumped the deer heads and carcasses could be prosecuted for Illegal Dumping, a Class C misdemeanor.
If you have any information or know who may be behind the illegal dumping, you are asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 256-722-7181.