A hoarding case in Mobile, Alabama has created a serious situation for the Mobile County Animal Shelter. Please help if at all possible at the address listed at the end of this article.
The problem began on May 17 when at least 33 dogs and 5 cats were taken from the Wilmer home belonging to Patsy Lee and her daughter Polly Harper. A litter of 5 puppies was born shortly after the animals were removed from the home.
Hopper, 59, was charged with resisting arrest and interfering with a government operation. The Mobile County District Attorney’s office is undecided as to whether to add animal cruelty charges to the list.
Martha Tierney made a full statement to FOX 10 News describing the situation. “My understanding now is that it’s a case of extreme neglect, and deplorable conditions, and some of the animals may or may not be returned; but at this point, until we conclude the investigation and determine whether there will be criminal charges or whether we’re just going to seize the animals, I can’t answer future decisions.”
WKRG News5 covered the story at the alleged hoarders home, where an angry Lee commented “”They took all the dogs they took all the cats, and they said they’re going to come back tomorrow and get my chickens!I just got my chickens! I just paid for them chickens.”
The home was declared a hoarding situation after finding feces, urine and garbage covering the floors in the house. Many of the dogs are believed stolen from local residents. It may be awhile before those who learn their dog was part of the seizure will be able to finally take their pet home. Since the dogs and cats are part of an ongoing investigation in which animal abuse charges may be filed, they’re not allowed to leave the shelter at this time.
This is putting a burden on the already overcrowded Mobile County Animal Shelter. Rescue groups such as SouthBark and SHACK are working around the clock trying to find foster homes until permanent homes for the dogs already in the shelter. Room has to be made for the new arrivals, even if this means euthanasia for some of the dogs who were already in the shelter. Hopefully enough of the dogs can be transferred up north where the demand is greater or fostered at a local level.
Since SouthBark was banned from rescuing from the shelter last year, ARF, who is an approved placement partner with the Rescue Foundation, is pulling the dogs and then transferring them to SouthBark. . The rescued dogs not at the Mobile shelter are at local vets being evaluated and treated. SouthBark is responsible for the vetting expenses incurred on any dogs they have, and are in need of financial help.
Those wishing to donate are asked to contact SouthBark at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Also contact them to adopt or foster Carlie(photo), who was pulled from the Mobile shelter to make room for dogs rescued from the hoarding case.