JULIE A. AKINS arrested on thirteen counts of animal cruelty

- Alabama, USA -

On Tuesday, May 4, the Hamilton Police Department arrested 50-year-old JULIE A. ATKINS (pictured below) and charged her with thirteen counts of animal cruelty.

The arrest comes after police along with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued 30 dogs from a Hamilton home.

The rescue took place on Tuesday, March 30, when investigators arrived at the property and found a number of dogs living in filthy conditions.

Many of the furbabies were found to be suffering from untreated medical issues.

According to CBS42, among the dogs rescued from the hellish property, officials found Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, Scottish Terriers, and Yorkshire Terriers.

CBS42 reports that according to the ASPCA, many of the dogs were living in the residence and in an attached garage, others were found outside in cages that were covered in mud and feces. The remains of dead animals were also reportedly found on the property.

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society provided expert veterinary support and temporary sheltering for the dogs.

After the dogs were rescued, Ms. Jasmine Holsinger, director of field operations for the ASPCA National Field Response team, said: “Animal cruelty should not be tolerated anywhere, and the ASPCA is grateful to the Hamilton Police Department for pursuing this case and continuing to make animal welfare issues a priority in their community.”

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