COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A Tuscumbia man was in court Wednesday for what Colbert County Animal Control officers said was the worst animal abuse case they've ever encountered.
Reverend Green Davidson IV accepted a plea deal in Tuscumbia city court. It included two counts of animal abuse, $2,000 restitution to the Colbert County Animal Shelter, up to a 20 day suspended jail sentence and two years probation.
Colbert County Animal Control officers charged Davidson with six counts of animal abuse back in June 2014.
Officials said Davidson was out of town when the incident happened on his property, and that his son was there. However, there is no evidence to show who was responsible for the neglect, or the dead puppy.
With the plea deal accepted, animal control officer Anthony Wilbanks said for what it's worth, justice has been served.
"Legally, the justice was served but by animal standards, no," Wilbanks said. "The shelter is technically out $9,000 but hey, what are you going to do."
Court documents show Davidson owes the shelter more than $11,000. The four remaining animal abuse charges are hanging over his head for the next two years during his probation.
We waited for Davidson outside the courtroom Wednesday after the plea deal for a statement. Neither he nor his attorney took the opportunity.
In June, officers found one puppy allegedly kicked to death on Davidson's property. The surviving five were taken to the shelter in rough shape.
"We spent numerous hours vetting these dogs, healing the wounds, feeding them and treating them for fleas," said Wilbanks. "We've spent a lot of time with these animals getting them back healthy."
Wilbanks said he's never lost a case. Now, it's time for the dogs to get the justice they deserve.
"He did have to sign the animals over. Now, they will actually get to go to a good place," he said. "We've got a volunteer group that's already picked them up and they're ready to go."