Lawrence County Animal Shelter director responds to allegations of abuse and neglect of dogs

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MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) - Fierce reaction Thursday from a story WHNT News 19 first brought you Wednesday night at 10. Allegations of abuse and neglect at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter. These are exclusive images of dogs crowded into small and filthy pens and there is video of Director Bobbie Taylor beating one of the animals.

Demonstrators took to the streets in Moulton to protest conditions at the shelter, and county commissioners now say they're planning to meet to discuss her future with the county. The animal shelter's director, Bobbie Taylor, says she was set-up. We spoke to her today about the facility she operates out of her home.

Taylor says she is the victim of a conspiracy and was set-up for the disturbing video we showed you Wednesday night. It purports to show Taylor beating a penned dog. Taylor says she was trying to stop the dogs from fighting. But the man who shot the video says the animals  were simply hungry.

"It was very disappointing, I might even say appalling to see the video. The video that you see is, you can't dispute the video," Lawrence County Commissioner Bobby Burch told reporters.

Taylor angrily disputes the allegations. "I want people to know the truth about this story, and I want them to know that we've got evil people in this world. What do they want, these dogs to die? If it wasn't for me they'd be starved to death on the road. People here don't take responsibility, most of them not all of them,  for their animals. It's a shame," Taylor said Thursday afternoon.

When we visited the shelter it had been cleaned. There were no obviously sick animals present that we saw. But an investigator who went to the shelter yesterday tells us the stench made him sick and says animal waste was everywhere.

About a dozen people set up a picket line near a busy intersection in Moulton Thursday to protest conditions at the shelter. Kala Scott was one of them. She tells us she had performed volunteer work at the shelter in the past. "It was awful, death everyday, abuse," she said.

When asked, Taylor told us she does not use and never has used volunteers at the shelter for liability reasons.

"I'm angry. It's not hurting me it's hurting the animals. It's sad that people don't have anything better to do. They need to come out here and see what I do. They don't need to take something off of Facebook," Taylor said.

Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter tells WHNT News 19 his department is continuing its investigation of the matter. He says a number of volunteers and other witnesses have been interviewed thus far. Meanwhile, the Lawrence County Commission has scheduled an emergency session for 3:00 P.M. Friday afternoon. The only item on the agenda reads, "Termination of Animal Control Agreement with Bobbie Taylor and Animal Rescue Shelter of Lawrence County, Alabama, LLC."

WHNT News 19 will, of course, be at the meeting and immediately post the outcome to WHNT.com.