CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Chilton County Humane Society is working to solve a graphic case of animal cruelty.
Society President Katherine Reece says someone found two puppies on a rural road between Chilton and Bibb Counties. Their ears had been cut off with scissors.
“What they have to do is they choke the dogs unconscious, then take scissors and cut their ears off,” Reece said. “These were three month old puppies.”
The Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward, provided by anonymous donors, for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for mutilating the animals.
That kind of behavior is not uncommon among organized dog fighting rings, Reece told CBS42 News, which have become a problem in Chilton and Bibb Counties, especially in the more rural areas.
“It really makes you feel very angry, very frustrated. And people know,” Reece said. “Somebody knows who did this. Dog fighting doesn’t happen in a vacuum.”
The dogs, now named Charming and Skeeter, are undergoing medical treatment and will be adopted. However, that’s not the only case of animal cruelty and neglect the Humane Society is reporting.
In early September, someone discovered a mop bucket full of nine two-day old puppies, some of which had their umbilical cords still attached. They had been taken from their mother and left on the road to die, Reece said.
The Humane Society immediately took them in and placed them in bottle-feeding foster homes. Four of the puppies died. Five, however, made it. Now almost four weeks old, they are thriving.
“It’s very fun now. They’re moving around, growling, barking at each other, all over the place,” said Brandi Murr, who fosters two of the puppies.
Reece estimates about a third of the animals they see are the victims of animal cruelty and abuse. That stretches resources thin, especially at an agency which gets limited city and county support. The shelter has struggled to keep its doors open in the past, and says it needs community contributions to continue to operate.
On October 1st, there will be a spaghetti dinner, wine tasting and silent auction at Hidden Meadow Vineyard and Winery in Jemison. On October 22, there will be a beauty pageant at the Jemison Municipal Auditorium. One of the biggest events of the season, Bark in the Park, will be held at Goosepond Park in Clanton. Several bands will be featured, and American Idol finalist Jessica Meuse will be there for a special performance.
You can also send a donation to the shelter directly by sending a check to 139 Shade Tree Drive Clanton, AL 35045 or via PayPal at http://chiltoncountyhumanesociety.org/.