Ronald and Carla Cannon, the owners of a property on County Road 182 in Lauderdale County, Ala. were charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty on Thursday after 14 dogs were removed. The animals had been suffering from extreme neglect.
According to 48News, Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter responded to neighborhood complaints about dogs running loose, scavenging for food, and suffering from egregious skin infections.
When authorities arrived, they found skeletons of puppies and adult dogs; the dogs had been abandoned and left to survive on their own. It took Animal Control three days to capture all of the animals.
When 48News interviewed Debbie Rapphun about the condition of the dogs and the subsequent seizure Rapphun stated:
“I hope this will show people out in the community you cannot treat animals this way. It is inhumane. These animals, no matter what people say, do have feelings. They hurt, they’re in pain, they’re starving, they’re scared.”
A tiny four-month-old dark grey puppy named Kinley has captured the hearts of many. His photographs on the Facebook page of Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter openly demonstrates the terrible consequences of animal neglect. Kinley has been on IV fluids at a local veterinarian’s office, has severe mange, and continues to fight eye and ear infections.
All of the dogs will need extended care before they will be eligible for adoption. Most of the dogs suffer from Demodex mange which is a non-contagious form of mange mainly due to poor care and poor nutrition. Help from local residents who want to help foster some of these dogs would be welcome. At the current time, the shelter is filled to capacity.
Please consider donating to the dogs – it’s most likely their first chance at being loved and cared for by kind humans.
To donate to the H.A.S.R.A., the shelter volunteer program, through PayPal:
http://www.paypal.com/ our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
To drop donations off at the shelter, visit us at:
Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter
702 East College Street
Florence, AL 35630
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