I’m not sure when this awful story is going to hit rock bottom but a n y t i m e now would be fine. Last week, Summerdale police received information that the Purple Hearted Puppies shelter in AL would sell high value pets and allow those who didn’t garner interest from buyers to starve to death. The tip indicated the carcasses of the starved pets would be buried behind the so-called shelter. When police began digging, they uncovered numerous dead cats and dogs.
Initial reports indicated that when the Purple Hearted Puppies owners, Sharon and Roberta Dueitt, were charged with new felonies, they’d be held without bond. But in fact, the Dueitts were granted $2500 bond and left jail after less than a day:
“It’s going to tick a lot of people off,” said Summerdale Police Chief Eddie Ingram after learning Roberta and Sharon Dueitt were granted what many consider a low bond for what happened at their animal shelter in Summerdale.
The bond was granted under the condition that the Dueitt’s have no contact with any animals. A point reiterated in their bond hearing by District Judge Michele Thomason. “Under no circumstance are you to have any animal of any type. Not a bird, not a squirrel, not any. Am I making myself clear?”
Authorities say the case is just getting started and dozens more felonies are expected to be charged in connection with the case. I would guess the $2500 bond is not going to apply to the new charges.
The surviving pets are now legally owned by BARC and they will be getting veterinary treatment in preparation for adoption. The Dueitts are scheduled to be back in court on February 24.