Update: All animals removed from Lawrence County Shelter

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MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) -  For Independence Day, a number of volunteers loaded animals into ASPCA transporters to take them away from the property of Bobbie Taylor, recently stripped of her title as Lawrence County shelter director following accusations of abuse and neglect.

A story we brought you first at WHNT News 19, starting with a cell phone video from a former volunteer.

Now, the ASPCA and Moulton Police now have full control, and much quieter air surrounds the former shelter.

"Inadequate facility," said Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter plainly. "These animals deserve better, and that's what we're out to get."

"When we were here earlier in the week it was such a chaotic environment, animals fighting for resources," said ASPCA investigator Tim Rickey. "Over the course of the week we've been here we've seen these dogs calm down quite a lot."

On the other side of the caution tape, Kaleb Scott watches the investigation he started with a cell phone video just days ago.

"It feels amazing, each truckload that leaves out of here just feels like ore weight being lifted off," said Scott.

More than 300 animals were removed between July 3 and July 4.

"This will be their Independence Day," said Chief McWhorter.

His department is heading a criminal investigation, while the ASPCA is busy keeping the animals alive, focused on getting them adopted or returned to their owners.

In the meantime, for the volunteers and officials, the completion of this first step gives a bit more meaning to the holiday.

"More than the fireworks and everything," explained Scott. "Every time this day comes around we're going to be thinking about the lives that were saved here."

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