Gadsden police have filed charges against two men accused of hoarding at least 140 animals in their home. Police and animal control officers raided the house on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Residents Anthony Smith and Brian Ragsdale face misdemeanor charges for the hoarding situation. Officials say they don't plan on filing any additional charges against the two men.
Most of the 140 animals seized were birds, but officials found at least 20 dogs in the home. Officials say the dogs have highly contagious cases of mange, scabies and severe bacterial infections. All of the animals are receiving "aggressive care" from a local vet, investigators say.
"The priority right now is to insure that everyone in the city of Gadsden understands that this type of activity will not be tolerated," Lt. Paul Cody with Gadsden Police said.
"You will not operate a breeding business without a license, you will not engage in any type of hoarding of animals, you will not abuse animals nor will you neglect them," Cody added.
The Etowah County Humane Society says their organization cannot afford all the care for the animals, which is around $400 per dog. The humane society is asking the public to donate toys and cages for the birds and bedding, towels and Purina Dog Chow dog food for the dogs.
If you'd like to help, contact the Etowah County Humane Society by calling (256) 442-1347 ext. 222 or visiting their website www.humanesocietyetowahcounty.org, for more information.
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