The Purple Hearted Puppies animal shelter in Summerdale AL has officially been shut down by court order after roughly 200 pets were found dead or starving by police last month. The district attorney is gathering evidence to bring felony charges against the two women who owned the so-called shelter. Of particular interest to the DA is financial information showing the women had the resources to feed the pets but allowed them to starve anyway. This factor goes to intent.
An officer with the Summerdale police department says each of the women will face 20 felony charges and possibly 150 – 200 misdemeanors.
Regarding the issue of ownership, more grim news:
We need to get permanent legal custody of the 109 survivors. There were 58 dogs and 51 cats who survived,” said Sonja Presley, executive director at BARC!
Purple Hearted Puppies described itself as a no kill shelter and solicited donations from compassionate animal lovers. This was not a no kill shelter. Had it been a municipal pound, I would have described it as having a 50% kill rate. And the only reason 100% of the pets didn’t die is because authorities intervened.