By Melissa Payne, from WHNT
Lauderdale County, AL
The Lauderdale County district attorney’s office has filed a civil lawsuit, asking a judge for permission to sign over the dogs recovered from a possible dog fighting ring.
A judge must rule on the possession of the dogs, so the animals can get the help they need.
Deputies found 13 dogs chained up to a property along County Road 41 in Lauderdale County on June 14.
Since Shoals area rescues and humane societies were full, an Atlanta based humane society rescued the dogs. According to Hamilton, without a court order, the shelter is incurring all the costs. Hamilton says it costs approximately $650 per dog, per day. Also, until a Lauderdale County judge makes a ruling, the animals can not be rehabilitated or be given away to foster homes. However, the dogs can be checked by a veterinarian.
Lauderdale County Sheriff’s detectives spent more than 24 hours at the scene. According to investigators, the dogs were underweight and malnourished. Detectives say they animals had obvious wounds from fighting.
Both Butler and Qualls have bonded out of jail.