Animal cruelty case sparks call for stricter neglect laws in Colbert County


Rev. Green Davidson IV after bail provision hearing in Tuscumbia.

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Tuscumbia man was in court Wednesday on multiple counts of animal cruelty.

Rev. Green Davidson IV  is not allowed to leave the state after missing his original court date last week.

A new court date has been set for November 19 at 4:00 P.M. at the Tuscumbia City Court House.

Tuscumbia Police and Colbert County Animal Control officers charged Davidson with six counts of animal cruelty in June. He has yet to see consequences for what officials say was one of the worst abuse cases in the area. The accusations against Davidson include kicking a puppy to death.

With this case still in the air, officers are pushing for stricter animal cruelty laws in Colbert County. Without the help from lawmakers, cracking down on animal abuse is a difficult task.

Anthony Wilbanks is an officer at Colbert County Animal Control. He said the law isn’t quite offering animals the protection they would like to see.

“We have no help,” Wilbanks said. “Most of the time we get them into court, they slap them on the hand and turn them loose. Most the time it’s a $200 or $300 or $500 fine, two year animal probation, six months suspended sentence and then within less than two years they have another animal.”

They’re hoping the community will ask state lawmakers to pass stricter animal cruelty laws.

Currently, Wilbanks said he’s working the worst case he’s seen in the area, the one involving Rev. Davidson.

“I’ve got seven dogs total involved,” he said. “Four are still alive, one was kicked to death on scene. A vet verified the dog was kicked to death. Momma was on a four-foot chain, could not get in a dog house, direct sunlight. They were all starving.”

Wilbanks found them at a home at on Old Memphis Pike June 19th of this year.

The four puppies involved in the case have grown up at the shelter. But unfortunately, they cannot be adopted out until the judge releases them. The case is still under investigation.

Wilbanks said Alabama falls in the top ten for most animal cruelty cases, but he has a 100% conviction rate thus far. He worries if stricter laws are not enforced, the fate of dogs, just like the one involved in this case, is questionable.

The shelter does have a rescue group ready to take the four puppies and their mother when they are released for adoption.