ALABAMA -- An apparent illegal animal breeding operation discovered late Friday afternoon in a west Dothan neighborhood was described by Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish as the worst animal cruelty case he had ever seen.
“Several of the dogs’ claws are growing towards the underneath of the paw,” Parrish said. “That tells us, these dogs have not been out of the crates in a very long time.
"The animals were not properly fed and they did not have adequate water. They were found in their own feces and urine was in some of the animals’ water bowls. We also found nine puppies in a freezer. These animals were truly living in deplorable conditions.”
The Dothan Police Department arrested and charged Le Ngoc Pham, 34, and Hoan Cong Nguyen, 47, of the 2900 block of Peachtree Drive, with 24 counts of aggravated animal cruelty and 57 counts of animal cruelty.
Parrish said around 4 p.m. Friday, patrol units were dispatched with animal control units to an animal cruelty complaint. Officers then discovered the illegal animal breeding site and contacted investigators.
“A search warrant was issued and during the investigation officers found 65 dogs and 16 exotic birds on the premises,” Parrish said.
“An addition had been built onto the original structure of the home and 25 dogs were kept in that in wood crates. Other dogs were located in the garage in wood crates as well. Dogs were located outside in the yard as well.”
According to Parrish, the investigation is showing that the puppy mill has been going on there for the past two years. He said the department has evidence that shows after the female dogs would have a litter of puppies they would breed them once again.
Parrish said exotic birds seized from the home are also suffering from trauma issues.
(Dothan Eagle - March 29, 2017)