LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Lawrence County officials responded to a disturbing situation in Hillsboro on Sunday morning. Several dogs needed rescuing from a home on County Road 413. They were abandoned and starving.
"There was a dead one here that the dogs were eating, they had no food," said Bobbie Taylor, with the Lawrence County Animal Rescue Shelter. She said neighbors had been trying to take care of the abandoned dogs.
"I had two or three of the neighbors call me and tell me that these dogs had been abandoned over two months ago and that they were on chains," said Taylor.
It looked like no one is living in the house. The dogs were trying to find shelter any way they could. "There's a hole in the back door where they were crawling in and out, the ones that were loose, there were three puppies inside about 4 months old and one dog on a chain had managed to crawl in," she said.
Taylor contacted the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department and Animal Control. Authorities are trying to figure out who left the animals helplessly tied up at the home.
"No one knows what happened to them, they moved away and left the dogs on chains," said Taylor.
About a dozen dogs and puppies needed help. "They had no houses, no food or water, and I don't know how they've survived except with the neighbors bringing food to them," said Taylor.
Taylor took the dogs to the Lawrence County Animal Rescue Shelter. They will get checked out by a veterinarian and be put up for adoption.