27 dogs found in horrible conditions in DeKalb County; 2 men face charges

COLLINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Collinsville Police found 27 dogs in horrible conditions at a home on Gregory Avenue.  Five of the animals were dead, and others were near death.

“You know, I’ve been policing for 30 years and in my 30-year career I’ve never seen anything as bad as this,” said Rex Leath, Collinsville’s Assistant Police Chief.

Leath said his department got a call about a bad smell coming from the home.

“When we investigated we found this dog pen, actually five dog pens with dogs just, in extremely bad condition.”

There were 27 dogs in all, mostly beagles and hounds.  Five of them were dead.

“We recovered several skeletal remains,” Leath said.

Leath says they called DeKalb Animal Adoption Center to help with the surviving dogs.  He says he doesn’t expect some of the animals to make it, but workers will try to save as many as possible and nurse them back to health.

As for the people who did this — Assistant Chief Leath says the homeowners are not responsible.  He says they didn’t have any idea the dogs were in the condition they were in, because he says the dogs were kept away from the home.

Two Collinsville men will be charged, Leath said.  Their names have not been released until their arrest warrants are complete.

“Probably around 19 charges of cruelty to animals on each one of them,” said Leath.

He says the men are related to the homeowners.

Leath said when the dogs that do make it are well enough, they will be adopted out.


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