Scary Shelter Situation In Alabama
After receiving a tip from a concerned citizen, local police found nearly 300 animals — three times the legally permitted number — at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter. A shelter that owner Bobbie Taylor was running out of her home.
The shelter’s shocking conditions were revealed in June 2015 when a former volunteer came to the police with footage of emaciated dogs crammed into dangerously small cages. When interviewed for local news, owner Bobbie Taylor defended the shelter, claiming that her animals are only kept in smaller cages when they are initially brought in. A criminal investigation is now underway.
“This is a truly tragic situation,” said Tim Rickey, vice president for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “It was immediately clear upon entering the facility that these animals have been severely neglected.”
It took police officers and 30 ASPCA staff nearly two days to remove the hundreds of animals from the cramped and filthy warehouse. Their next priority was to find a facility big enough to house them until they can find enough shelters to take them in. The ASPCA's mobile animal clinic was on the scene, equipped with vets to offer much-needed emergency care.
Meanwhile, the investigation into the former owner's actions continues. The ASPCA is collecting evidence and providing legal support on behalf of the police to help strengthen the criminal case. Bobbie Taylor has been arrested on 17 charges of animal cruelty and is awaiting trial.
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