ALABAMA HAD A LOT OF DOG BREEDERS THAT SALE THEIR
DOGS AT THE FLEA MARKET. THEY DON'T CARE WHO BUYS THEM.
ALL STATES HAVE PUPPY MILLS
AND MANY OF THEM DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO SHUT
THEM DOWN, OR TO EVEN INVESTIGATE THEM. IF
ALABAMA HAD MORE WORKERS AND LAWS ON THIS THEY WOULD BE
ABLE TO SHUT A LOT MORE PUPPY MILLS DOWN.
IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WHO IS THERE TO HELP YOU. NO
ALABAMA HAS PUPPY MILL'S AND THE STATE RECEIVES A LOT OF CALLS ABOUT BAD BREEDERS BUT THERE
IS VERY LITTLE THEY CAN DO.
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A PUPPY MILL BUST IN ALABAMA
Incident Date: Friday, Jan 11, 2008 County: DeKalb
A puppy mill was busted Friday in DeKalb County.
Nearly 70 dogs were rescued from deplorable conditions
from a large kennel on Alabama Highway 75 near Henagar.
It was so bad SPCA workers were instructed to wear
"This is the worst puppy mill that I have seen and we've
investigated quite a lot," said Freda Waters, executive
director of the DeKalb County SPCA.68 dogs were packed
in the back of a moving truck Friday, rescued from
The kennel runs are littered with rotting deer
carcasses, feces and no telling what else. "It looks like
a literal bone yard," said Waters.
"It's very hazardous. All kinds of bacteria, diseases,
germs. That's why we're using suits, as well as masks
and gloves today because of the possible threat of E.
coli, tetanus and our vet said possibly even anthrax.
What's bad for us is bad for the animals," Waters said.
The kennel operator, Linda Wallin, could only sit and
watch as her dogs were taken away. Waters says Wallin
actually lives in Georgia, and there is no one to care
for the animals on a daily basis. "The runs have dirt
flooring on the outside, so they're never cleaned. They
get dirty and gravel is poured in on top of feces. It's
heart wrenching. It's really heart-wrenching because the
animals deserve better than this," said Waters. Wallin
was booked in the DeKalb County Jail, charged with
animal cruelty. Her bond is $18,000.Sadly, Waters
says this is just one of many suspected puppy mills in
DeKalb County. She says it all comes down to turning
a buck. Dogs are bred constantly in puppy mills. "They
don't care about the health or the temperament. They
don't care about the quality of the animals that they're
breeding because this is a money maker," said Waters.
The 68 dogs were taken to the DeKalb County SPCA for an
Waters says surprisingly most of the animals appear to
be in relatively good health, although they're probably
full of parasites.
Those that are healthy and have a good temperament will
be put up for adoption. The DeKalb County SPCA is a
Executive Director Freda Waters says they are in need of
donations. If you would like to help them in their fight
to protect animals, call 256-845-9463.
Dekalb County Alabama
authorities arrested a Rising Fawn woman on
three counts of animal cruelty on Monday after
the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals pointed at her kennel as a dangerous
Authorities rescued 68 dogs from Linda Wallin’s
property on Hwy. 75 in Henagar, Ala., and
arrested Wallin who was there when law
enforcement arrived. Freda Waters with the SPCA
is one of a team of people that moved on what
she describes as a ‘puppy mill’ where dogs are
raised in filth and squalor until they are sold.
She reported that the kennel operators had been
throwing rotting deer carcasses for the dogs to
eat, Waters said the amount of feces in the
kennels was at a dangerous level, and was a
breading ground for worms and parasites. Most of
the dogs were miniature Schnauzers and poodles.
Waters described it as one of the worst puppy
mills she had seen, and she had her group wore
protective gear when they extracted the animals.
“The Fecal test show these dogs are full of
parasites,” she said.
The dogs will be examined and treated at the
SPCA in Dekalb county before being adopted out.
Waters said that the majority of the dogs had
already been adopted by Monday afternoon, but
the animals will not be released until
authorities deem it safe to do so. She said most
of the dogs suffered from some type of worm
By Monday afternoon, Wallin had posted bond and
was released from jail. Dekalb County Assistant
District Attorney Julie McCormick said that
Wallin could face fee’s and up to 18 months in
jail for the misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.
Waters said that the counts were reduced because
Wallin agreed to release custody of the animals
to the SPCA.
TODAY I CALL THE HUMANE SOCIETY ALABAMA
OFF THEIR WEBSITE IN ORDER TO SEE IF THEY HAD ANY STATE
LAWS. JOE AT 1-205-369-0392
HE STATED THEY HAD NO STATE LAWS WHEN IT
COME TO BREEDING BU THEY DID HAVE ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS.
HE ALSO STATED HE HAS SEEN A LOT
OF PUPPY MILLS SINCE MOVING THERE.
JO ALSO STATED THAT ALABAMA IS TRYING TO
WORK ON GETTING LAWS PASSED FOR THE STATE TO BE ABLE TO
DO THE WORK IT NEEDS TO DO, BUT IT HAS BEEN TURNED DOWN,
HE SAID THEY ARE STILL TRYING SO
LETS ALL PRAY THAT ONE DAY THAT ALL STATES HAVE STATE
LAWS TO PROTECT OUR BABIES.
ALABAMA HUMANE SOCIETY DOES HAVE ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS
In our quest to reduce animal cruelty we must totally
rely on you and your love for animals. It's sometimes
difficult to know when to intervene, so we wanted to
provide you with some guidelines for defining animal
Law. The infliction of physical or
What are some signs of animal neglect and/or
No Food or Water
Animal Hoarding (more than 10 animals at a
Animal left alone in vehicle
If you know of a situation where one or more of these
descriptions apply please call the appropriate number
listed below! If you see an animal being abused
(see #4 and 10) or dog fighting in progress dial 911
IMMEDIATELY! Time is of the essence!
How do I report animal neglect and/or abuse?
In Jefferson County (outside Birmingham
City) - call 205-325-1450. In the City of Birmingham - call
205-328-9311. Outside the Birmingham or Jefferson County Limits
- call YOUR local law enforcement agency
and/or Humane Society.
If you have a case that is outside the
Birmingham-Jefferson County area, yet within the
state of Alabama, you may contact our cruelty
hotline at 205-369-0392 to learn how to end animal
abuse or neglect in your area.
You will be speaking with a Police Dispatch and
they will give the calls to the appropriate officer.
When you call the local authorities please be sure
you have the following information:
Your name and phone number (Confidential
unless called in for court)
Exact Location of the animal(s)
Nature of the Complaint
Description of the Animals involved
Any other pertinent information
If you have any further questions or concerns
please contact the Greater Birmingham Humane Society
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