In Decatur, Alabama, an animal rescuer was so overwhelmed with the absence of animal cruelty laws in her home state as well as the lack of investigations in suspected neglect and cruelty cases, earlier this week she decided to let photographs speak for themselves and for the dogs who continue to suffer.
The disturbing photos quickly went viral; the dogs left outdoors tethered by thick chains and covered in mud were heartbreaking. One photo showed a dead dog lying close to one of the chained pups.
According to the Decatur Police Department, animal control officers made contact with the caregiver. Six adult dogs, three puppies and one deceased adult dog were located at the home. Several of the dogs were found muddy and tethered outside, unable to reach shelter from the rain.
“Animal control officers instructed the caregiver to move the animals to a drier location on the property where they could reach shelter and be out of the mud. Animal control observed two animals with what appeared to be minor injuries and instructed the caregiver to take the injured animals to the veterinarian for treatment.Animal control officers escorted the caregiver with the injured animals to a local veterinarian to seek treatment. After examination by the veterinarian, one of the dogs appeared to have injuries from a restrictive collar and a small wound to its right inner leg. The second dog had a flea infestation and abnormal gait. The deceased dog was also taken to the veterinarian for an examination. It was determined to have died from being anemic, possibly due to a parasitic infestation.”
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