A Headland, Alabama dog owner has been sentenced to six years in prison for starving six dogs resulting in cannibalism as one dog attacked another out of starvation. According to the Dothan Eagle, Quenton Eugene Mathis, 26, pleaded guilty to six charges of animal cruelty on Thursday.
On December 1, 2015, authorities from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department accompanied Henry County Department of Human Resources to the home of Eugene and his wife, Ashley Nicole Mathis, 26, to take custody of their 4-year-old son. No one was home, however authorities found four emaciated pit bulls tied to four different trees tethered with heavy chains making it nearly impossible for the dogs to walk or move. Inside the home, deputies found the half-eaten carcass of another dog with one healthy dog nearby who had resorted to killing and eating the other dog to survive. The remains of a chicken was also found.
After an investigation, authorities discovered the family moved out of their home three weeks prior and left the six dogs and chicken behind. None of the animals had food or water for weeks. The couple were found living at a relative’s home. Ashley Nicole Mathis faces similar charges.
Circuit Court Judge Larry Anderson sentenced Mathis to one year in prison for each charge to be served concurrently. A hearing whether to grant Mathis probation will be heard on November 4, however deputies took Mathis to jail after he tested positive for marijuana in court.
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