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MOULTON, Ala. – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrived at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter early Tuesday to help with the criminal investigation into what an ASPCA spokesman calls a “completely unacceptable situation.”

WHNT News 19 first broke this story last week. Bobbie Taylor operates the shelter at her home. She was under contract with the Lawrence County Commission to operate the shelter and employ an animal control officer, that is, until the Lawrence County Commission voted to terminate that contract on Friday.o

Following a police complaint by a former shelter volunteer, a search warrant turned up nearly 300 animals on the premises — more than three times the capacity the shelter can reasonably hold.

With her agreement with the Lawrence County Commission set to expire at midnight Wednesday, Taylor signed over care of the animals to the ASPCA Tuesday evening.

The ASPCA’s Animal Cruelty Disaster Response vehicle is on the site to help with the process of removing the animals and getting them medical attention.