Dothan PD files for Custody of animals rescued from alleged puppy mill


Last week Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish described an apparent illegal breeding operation as one of the worst animal cruelty cases he has ever seen. This week 64 of the 65 dogs rescued are now looking at a healthier and happier future.

“They have really a myriad of issues certainly ear mites, flee infestation,  some have intestinal parasites,” explained Parrish.

Nearly all of the dogs had a case of  red mange which is a skin disease caused by mites.

“One of the issues that we have to deal with is certainly to make sure that the other animals in the shelter do not become infested,” said Parrish.

Several of the exotic birds rescued with the dogs are also being treated for stress and other health issues.
“One of the birds had a hole in it’s beak and a traumatic hernia. A couple others had issues that were stress related which led to feather picking,” Parrish said.

The location of the birds will remain undisclosed due to the value of the birds. As for adoptions, that process could take awhile depending on the court ruling.

“We have filed the motion for custody of the animals and the birds,” said Parrish. 

A judge will have to decide whether or not to give the Dothan Police Department custody of the animals before they can be adopted out to the public.

“We will continue to medicate them and get them healthy enough to where an adoption process can be started. In all I think the assessment from the veterinarian was that these dogs probably have never been to the veterinarian before and have had very little physical contact with humans,” said Parrish. 

If you would like to help the Dothan Animal Shelter until adoptions are available, you can do so by volunteering at the shelter, donating dog food or making a monetary donation to the Pro-Life Animal Initiative at

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