SUMMERDALE, ALABAMA: A tip called into Police on Thursday, 1/26/12, led them into one of the most horrible cases of animal neglect they have seen. After taking down the door to the Purple Hearted Puppies rescue organization and boarding facility, police found animals inside that apparently hadn’t had food or water close to two weeks.
The discovery became even more disturbing when it was discoveredfound that approximately 200 animals were left there to fend for themselves. Among the dogs, cats, horses, chickens and goats, dozens of animals were found dead, several so sick from starvation had to be euthanized and the rest, severly emaciated. The situation was so bad that several of the animals had to resort to eating other animals who had succumbed to dehydration or starvation, just to satisfy their hunger.
Purple Hearted Puppies, located at 21118 County Road 36, in Summerdale, is also a boarding facility. Several owners called to the scene to retrieve their pets were horrified to find that they did not survive.
It is reported that a representative of Baldwin County Humane Society stated that the facility owners, Sharon Dueitt and her mother Roberta were out of town and other care takers never arrived to cover the shelter duties.Yet Sharon is noted as posting on her personal facebook page all week from Summerdale, Robertsdale and Loxley areas. Ironically, these areas are all within a ten mile radius of the facility.
On the 21st of January, the owner states that she is handling personal business. She also writes that adoptable animals would be posted on January 23rd. This was never done as she stated that she was sick. During these posts, she never indicates that she is out of town.
If this wasn’t grim enough, Friday, January 27th, at the Dueitt’s home on Adams Acred Road in Robertsdale, 24 more neglected animals were found, 3 of them dead new born kittens.
If in the area and interested in fostering or adopting, please contact the Humane Society at http://www.baldwinhumane.org/ or 1-800-547-6518.
Sharon Dueitt and her mother, Roberta, have been already been charged with over 20 counts of animal cruelty each, with other charges pending.
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