Woman Charged in Colbert County Animal Cruelty Case


Debra Catledge (Photo: Colbert County Sheriff’s Office)

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The woman who had more than 120 dogs on her property on Highway 72 near Cherokee is now charged in the case.

Sheriff Ronnie May says Debra Catledge, 53, is charged with 15 counts of second-degree animal cruelty.

Catledge is in the Colbert County Jail.  The district attorney said more charges are expected.

Earlier this week, animal control officers and sheriff's deputies found more than 120 small dogs kept in cages, outside, on Catledge's property. She was not taken into custody until Thursday.

Animals NOT Available for Adoption Yet

The dogs are in the care of the Colbert County Animal Shelter.  Workers turned over a majority of the dogs to out-of-state rescue groups Friday morning, because the shelter was not able to handle such a large number of dogs.

There are about 10 to 15 Yorkies/Pomeranians still at the shelter, but the public will not be allowed to view these dogs until next week.  The shelter is still caring for the dogs and says they are not in good enough condition for adoption yet, even though they might not appear sick.

The shelter IS open for people who want to adopt other dogs at the shelter; dogs that were already there before the large rescue load came in Tuesday.

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