Florence Lauderdale Animal Services awarded ownership of abused dogs

The dogs were seized from properties in Lauderdale County and Colbert County in October.
The dogs were seized from properties in Lauderdale County and Colbert County in October.(WAFF)
Published: Nov. 28, 2022 at 5:21 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2022 at 4:10 PM CST
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FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - Florence Lauderdale Animal Services was granted full ownership of 66 dogs that were rescued from a property in Center Star in October.

Court records say the owner of the dogs, Lamarcus Ricks, agreed to surrender the dogs on Wednesday.

According to the Director of Florence Lauderdale Animal Services, Cheryl Jones, most of the dogs will be up for adoption.

The 66 dogs were seized as part of a search warrant between Oct. 6 and Oct. 8, according to court records. Law enforcement seized 68 dogs. As of Wednesday, Jones says two have died.

Ricks is facing numerous criminal charges related to the dogs, including 17 counts of dogfighting and more than 60 counts of animal cruelty.

He turned himself in on Oct. 28.

Jones said Wednesday’s court hearing wrapped up court proceedings following a petition filed by the Lauderdale County Animal Shelter seeking funds from Ricks to cover the costs of seizing and caring for the dogs.

The petition requested that after a hearing, a court enters an order requiring Ricks to post a bond of deposit funds in 30-day increments.

In early October, more than 90 dogs were seized from properties in Lauderdale County and Colbert County. Authorities said the dogs were owned by the same person.

Ricks has a preliminary hearing set in his criminal case for Dec. 19.