There have been some major developments since I posted last week about a police investigation of alleged abuse at the Lawrence Co shelter in Alabama.
In a 3-2 vote during an emergency meeting, the Lawrence Co Commission canceled the $80,000 AC contract with Bobbie Taylor:
Taylor frowned as Commission Chairman Joey Hargrove read the terms of the termination.
All animals must be removed from Taylor’s property by July 1. Taylor said Thursday she had about 80 animal[s] on the property.
When police attempted to visit the public shelter on Taylor’s private property, she reportedly refused to let them in, telling them to get a search warrant. When they did, they found that “about 80 animals” was more like 250.
The dogs were living in filth, some were dying, others were dead:
Volunteers took some of the sick dogs to see a veterinarian. At least one dog died on the way to the vet, [Moulton Police Chief Lyndon] McWhorter said.
One volunteer drove off with a few bags of what appeared to be dead dogs in the back of a truck. McWhorter did not give an exact count of how many dead animals were found.
Matthew Seahorn, 18, spent four hours sweating in a hazmat suit, boots and mask as he inspected the barn beside Taylor’s home. Inside, he counted 45 dogs of various ages, several ill animals confined to pens, three dead puppies and the stench of feces.
“They are all in cages to the point where they can’t even turn around, and the stench is unbearable,” Seahorn said. “No one should live in conditions like that. Not even an animal.”
Local police called in the ASPCA for assistance. Dogs were carried out in front of the television cameras by people wearing ASPCA t-shirts, images which are likely to be used in fundraising campaigns by the wealthy organization. No word on where the animals are or how they are doing but they will presumably be dumped on local rescues, as usual.
One woman who saw her long lost dog on the news in terrible shape says she went to the shelter and that Taylor had hidden the dog. She was ultimately able to reclaim her pet and take her for veterinary care. The dog remains hospitalized.
Taylor still has local supporters and has not been charged at this time.
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)