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Hundreds Of Animals Starving Or Dead; Shelter Owners Arrested (Video)

Hundreds Of Animals Starving Or Dead; Shelter Owners Arrested (Video)

For tragic and gruesome animal stories, this is one of the worst.

Twenty dogs and two cats were found dead after a Summerdale, Alabama, police officer arrived at Purple Hearted Puppies animal shelter on Thursday night in response to a neighbor’s complaint. Inside, police found dogs and cats left without food in cages for weeks, Sonja Presley, executive director of the Baldwin County Humane Society, said today at the site.

Starving Dogs Turned To Dog Cannibalism


About 50 cats were found in cages inside the house. Two of the cats were dead. Two horses found on the property could not be saved and were put to death, Presley said.

“It’s voluminous and it’s taking all the rescue groups and veterinary clinics to collaborate. No one has ever seen this magnitude of animal cruelty in Baldwin County.”

Some of the dog carcasses had been eaten by other starving dogs, Presley said.

“It was survival,” she said. “They cannibalized the other dogs.”

Police found cases of pet food and other supplies at the site.

Owners Skipped Town More Than 10 Days Ago

Outside in a shed, police scrambled to save the lives of dozens of starving cats. Officers poured food into the cages as fast as they could. The owners skipped town more than 10 days ago, leaving the animals to fend for themselves.

This is the same scenario that Care2 reported on last fall, when police discovered the corpses of 25 horses rotting in a “sanctuary” in California. Or again, in Texas, where starving horses had been abandoned by their owners.

What makes people treat animals in this way?

More Horror

But there’s even more to the horrific Alabama story.

Aside from the hundreds of animals found abandoned at the Summerdale animal shelter, more starving dogs and cats were found at a home in Robertsdale, Alabama.


As veterinarians, animal shelter staffers and police tended dogs at the scene where more than 200 neglected dogs, cats, horses and poultry were found, officials received word that another two dozen untended animals had been found at the owners’ home in Robertsdale.

Roberta Dueitt and her daughter, Sharon Dueitt, were arrested Thursday and charged with 20 counts of cruelty to animals, Summerdale Police Chief Eddie Ingram said. The two were released from the Foley city jail on $10,000 bail. Ingram said police are looking for a third suspect and other charges could be filed against the Dueitts.

Please Help!

For any of you Care2 activists who live anywhere near Summerdale: if you’d like to adopt one of these precious animals, please do so. For people wanting to help but unable to take in a dog or a cat, police are asking for pet food donations, blankets, kennels- any kind of pet supplies. Contact the Summerdale Police Department for more information.

Here’s a video of this tragic story, but be warned: it contains graphic images of dead and starving animals.

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1:03AM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

I can't catch my breath I'm sobbing uncontrollable hearing the screams and cries of starving animals was just too much I want these monsters put in conditions they put these animals in I'm sickened that bond was ONLY $10,000 Let me have those sick monsters I will be sure they comprehend what they did, for god sake let them at least OUT of the cage. NOTHING can take away the sound of those starving animals crying begging pleading from my ears NOTHING can take the images from my eyes NOTHING can stop my heart from breaking. I can NEVER forgive because I can NEVER forget, may god have NO MERCY on their pathetic souls, wait it is NOT god who will judge their souls

12:16PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

I agree with Deborah...also tattoo with Animal Abuser..just in case someone didn't check the registry.

4:17PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Shocking! Heartbreaking! No word is strong enough to describe what is on that video.

1:44PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013


1:38PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

How can such a tragedy be possible ??? my heart is crying ..

11:19PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

so wicked, my heart cries for these poor animals

4:50PM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Again and again and again ... it's always in the South where these things happen. I know that I've written about this many times but that "Bible Belt" sure needs some secular education regarding animals.

10:10AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

God almighty...where are these maggots now? Throw them in the darkest cell+let them starve. Just horrible. RIP sweeties. I hope the remaining animals can all find loving homes.

11:57PM PDT on May 30, 2013

Even this horror story happened last year, still makes me want to cry of desperation.
Any update about the whereabouts of the subhumans who did this?

8:07AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Released on bond? That's it? Bet they'll open up again in a new location.

Stiff cash fine, community service with or without jail time, no-pet stipulation in the future, and name added to a public registry of animal abusers so that all will know who and why they have been listed. If no such registry exists, it's about time one is added!

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