Update: Dogs rescued in Walker County are getting care, rehab
Two men are facing charges and more than 100 dogs are in recovery and will eventually be adopted out after the Walker County Sheriff’s Office investigated an animal hoarding case in late January.
The dogs, which are being cared for at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society and other local organizations, were rescued in a nearly day-long operation. They range in age from puppies to elderly dogs and were found living in and outside the home. One of the men who lived there was taken into custody after he was found with 11 dogs inside his car.
“When asking one of the men that we arrested that day why he was in this position, he said that at one point he just gave up,” said WCSO Public Information Officer TK Armstrong said. “It was overwhelming.”
Armstrong said the men who were arrested aren’t bad people, but good intentions don’t matter when you’re breaking the law.
“I think they were almost relieved when we came and we took the dogs, ” Armstong said. “No. 1, they were able to get a good hot shower, some food, and were able to sleep in a clean place for the night, even though it was inside of the county jail.”
Both men were released on bond the day after their arrest.
“I think they really did have good intentions,” Armstrong said. “When they saw the dogs were getting vaccinated and were getting triaged by medical professionals and they were being kept from getting where they needed to go, there was a sigh of relief.”
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office wants this incident to be a community-wide lesson, he said.
“Everybody is a sucker for a sad little puppy or a sad little kitty cat,” Armstrong said. “Everybody wants to take them home, but at some point we must realize, ‘hey, this might not be a great idea.’ We have local animal shelters that will always do whatever it takes to try and help people out in a bad situation.”