Alabama woman faces animal cruelty charges

Debra Jane Catledge, top left, was arrested on 15 counts of animal cruelty charges after nearly 30 dead horses and 40 neglected dogs were found on her Alabama property, according to the Colbert County Sheriff’s Office. (Mugshot: Colbert County Sheriff’s Office; animal photos via Colbert County Animal Rescue)

Authorities in northern Alabama arrested a woman on animal cruelty charges after they found nearly 30 dead horses and 20 living horses, and 45 dogs in poor condition.

The Colbert County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday arrested Debra Jane Catledge, 63, on 15 counts of animal cruelty, the agency said in a Facebook post. More charges are expected following a grand jury proceeding, the post said.

The Colbert County Animal Control posted several pictures on Facebook of dogs with overgrown and matted hair and malnourished horses.

“To say that the last 2 days have been rough is an understatement!” the shelter wrote. “We are exhausted, mentally and physically! We are beat down, we are sore, but we made it through! We have such an amazing team and support group!”

Animal Services Director Cory Speegle described the horrific conditions to Huntsville ABC affiliate WAFF.

“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 the outlet.

More on Law&Crime: ‘The whole property just smelled like death’: Woman arrested after 3 dozen dead dogs and horses allegedly found on ranch with ‘skeletons everywhere’

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