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Couple arrested on animal cruelty charges after authorities seize animals

Pat and Laura Sherwood (Source: LCDC) Pat and Laura Sherwood (Source: LCDC)
Two people are behind bars for animal cruelty charges. (Source: WAFF) Two people are behind bars for animal cruelty charges. (Source: WAFF)
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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Two people in Lauderdale County are behind bars on animal cruelty charges.

Patrick and Laura Sherwood are being held without bond after more than a dozen horses and other animals were seized from their home on County Road 200.

Investigators said there were 25 horses and donkeys, 50 mice and hamsters, two llamas, more than 150 rabbits, and dogs and cats.

The veterinarian who assisted animal control officers in accessing the conditions of the animals said all the horses were thin but 15 of the horses had a low body condition score of a three or below, which is based on a scale where one is the worst and nine is over-weight.

They had old injuries that did not heal properly, and they all had dirt and mud in their teeth, which is evidence of them foraging for food, according to the vet.

"Right now the idea is we want to get these animals and if they can be saved we want to save them and we've got the resources fortunately to do that now," said Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly. "But yes we want to lock these folks up and hold them accountable for what they've done."

Both Patrick and Laura Sherwood face one count of aggravated animal cruelty, which is a felony, and 15 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Authorities say additional charges are pending.

Both of the Sherwoods have a past with the law. Laura Sherwood pleaded guilty to theft of a dog and horse in Lauderdale County in 2012, according to court documents. She received a suspended sentence for the alleged crime and was on probation.

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