An Alabama woman has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after 29 dead horses and 45 malnourished dogs were found on her property.
On Sunday, the Colbert County Sheriff’s Office took 63-year-old Debra Jane Catledge into custody and charged her with 15 counts of animal cruelty. More charges are expected against Catledge following a grand jury proceeding, according to investigators.
The Colbert County Animal Control posted photos of dogs with overgrown and matted hair, and malnourished horse(s).
Animal Services Director Cory Speegle described the horrific conditions.
We pulled up in front of the house, we could hear the dogs barking. We noticed a row of kennels with dogs, four or five deep in elevated kennels. Pretty bad conditions, hair matted up, living in pee, poop, feces… just really bad conditions, Speegle told a local outlet.
The Colbert County Animal Control reported that the deceased horses were discovered at the back of the property, describing them as “essentially skeletal remains.”
There was an area that was just basically bones that was in the back. There was really not a lot left to be able to determine the cause of death, said animal control officer Whitney Hamby.
In 2014, Catledge was charged with animal cruelty and, as part of a plea agreement, she was prohibited from breedingdogs, according to court documents.
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