HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – A Madison County man really loves dogs. He has dozens of pit bulls roaming around his property. A woman who drives past the home every day told WHNT NEWS 19 she’s concerned about the conditions the dogs are living in. She asked WHNT NEWS 19 to do something to get the dogs out of the heat.
WHNT NEWS 19 learned this man could have 100 dogs on his property if that’s what he wants and Madison County couldn’t do anything about it!
Denise emailed the station. She thought the pit bulls, left on a on chain, were starving and suffering in the heat. She wanted someone to take care of dogs. WHNT NEWS 19 checked with Madison County to find out what’s up at the Harvest home.
Denise believed there was no one living at the house and the dogs are chained in the front and back of them home. She also thought there were dogs unattended inside the home. She believed the dog were living in horrible conditions and no one seems to care.
WHNT NEWS 19 went to see what Denise saw. There were a few dogs at the home on Pine Grove Road in Harvest. Denise could not meet me for an interview. WHNT NEWS 19 called on Animal Advocate Micki Bennett to hear what she thinks.
“I think it`s appalling to have this many dogs in this condition, tied up on chains and in kennels,” said Bennett.
Mike Fritz, Madison County’s Director of Animal Control, revealed dozens of pit bulls stay at the home.
WHNT NEWS did some digging and found Joseph Lemont Sanchez rents the home. Fritz told WHNT NEWS 19 Sanchez has 25-30 pit bulls living at two locations.
“He is a big dog lover who owns several dogs. We quite frequently get neglect complaints that we respond to,” said Fritz.
“I don`t know what`s going on, but it obviously needs the attention of the authorities,” added Bennett.
“On a personal stand point, I wouldn`t want to keep my personal dog in that condition. But, by what`s required by the Alabama state law, he is not violating anything,” added Fritz.
State law requires owners provide food, water and shelter to all dogs.
“The laws need to be changed. They need to be changed. We should not allow dogs to be on chains in the sun,” added Bennett.
Sanchez’ property does look unkempt. The county confirmed Sanchez was away during a recent arrest on drug charges.
While fritz can’t force Sanchez to treat the pit bulls a certain way, he recommended Sanchez not get any more. He’s working with an organization to help make sure.
“They have offered to spay and neuter, any and all of his dogs that he wants done. We`re in the process of getting that done at this time,” said Fritz.
Fritz told WHNT NEWS 19 there is not rule on how many dogs an owner can have. WHNT NEWS 19 talked with Sanchez the morning the story aired. Sanchez told WHNT NEWS 19 he has so many dogs because he puts them in dog shows and also sells them.
Sanchez has an appointment tomorrow to get some of the dog spayed and neutered.
Sanchez talked with WHNT NEWS two days after this story aired.