Colbert Co. shelter thanks community for help with rescues

Published: Dec. 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 at 9:08 PM CST
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Over 120 dogs were rescued from a Colbert County home last week.
Over 120 dogs were rescued from a Colbert County home last week.

COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Colbert County Animal Shelter is taking in animals again after last week's rescue caused them to go over capacity. Shelter director Judie Nichols said she can't say 'thank you' enough to everyone who came to help when they needed it the most.

Last week, over 120 small-breed dogs were removed from a Colbert County home. All the dogs were taken to the shelter, putting the facility over capacity and requiring around-the-clock care for the animals.

Nichols said community support poured in from across the Shoals and volunteers came by to help foster and clean the shelter and donate food and supplies. She also said many of the dogs that had been in the shelter for months were also adopted out to forever homes.

"I don't know if thank you is enough. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful caring people in this community. Our main objective is to take care of the animals, and I don't even know how to say thank you," she said.

Although officials said most of the dogs found in the puppy mill didn't look to be in bad shape, many had a number of medical issues and could not be allowed to be adopted out to the general public before getting the proper care.

Officials said it was in the best interest of the dogs and their future owners to let them go to rescues and be adopted out from there.

"If someone wanted to come in and take a puppy or one of the dogs, even a pregnant mom that's going to have puppies, they don't know what they're going to be dealing with and they don't realize the cost," Nichols said.

The woman charged in this case, Debra Catledge, has an arraignment date set for Jan. 21 at the Colbert County Courthouse.

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