WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) – The Walker County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement to clarify controversy over an incident where a vicar rescued dogs from an apartment and the owner posted a Facebook post “investigating” the vicar.
The sheriff’s office described the Facebook post as an inaccurate statement.
Investigator Carl Carpenter was contacted by the Humane Society Friday afternoon and given their findings and their desire to commend Deputy Lavilette for his handling of the matter.
Carpenter said the initial complaint came from multiple dogs being tethered or in kennels without adequate shade or water.
“What they found was so much more,” Carpenter said in a statement. “They found an extremely malnourished Great Dane. It is a grown man with a body composition of 1, maybe skinny 2. 3 is normal, 5 is obese. He weighs 109 pounds. The average for this breed is 110-190 with females on the lower side. According to his veterinary records, he was 135 years old as of March and the owner refused to be vaccinated. It’s also full of worms. It had to be hosed down to cool it down, as it had been in the sun without shade and the water was just as hot. “
He also said a mother-pit mix of five pups was found in the sun.
“All six are full of hookworms and had the same environmental conditions as the Dane. Additionally, the pups appear to have some kind of skin condition, most likely mange, ”Carpenter said in a statement.
Carpenter said a beagle was also confiscated.
“This dog is malnourished, not as conspicuous as the Dane, but still. It couldn’t wait for the food bowl to hit the floor and eat greedily, apparently extremely hungry. This is supposed to be the owner’s dog, ”Carpenter said in a statement.
According to Carpenter, the first contact with the owner was via a microphone and a loudspeaker of a surveillance camera.
When the owner arrived at the scene, Carpenter said he was very argumentative with Deputy Lavilette.
“Deputy Lavilette is originally from Haiti and sometimes has difficulty understanding certain accents or dialects, especially when used over speakers or electronic devices and when proper pronunciation is not used,” Carpenter said in the statement. “He always presented an extremely professional demeanor and demeanor. He’s a guy from the book, so the fact that the owner wasn’t arrested on the spot suggests I wouldn’t have waited for veterinary advice to determine the type of charge that needs to be made. “
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