A Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Department spokesperson says a recent animal cruelty case in Vance is one of the worst he's ever seen.
"Imagine your worst episode of Hoarders. There was feces all over the floor, there was junk piled up, there was no power to the house, we had heard the power may have been turned off earlier in the summer, there was no running water to the house," Lt. Andy Norris said.
Deputies were called out to the 2000 block of Booler Road last Friday after neighbors called, concerned about 8 dogs and a kitten that were trapped inside an apparently abandoned mobile home.
Deputies found the home's owners, Ricky and Glenda Martin, and had them unlock the home. Inside, deputies say they found 8 dogs who were extrememly malnourished and a dead kitten.
The Martins told investigators they had moved out of the home. The power had been shut off but someone was still giving the dogs water and food. But it wasn't enough for the animals trapped in the home.
Because of changes in state law, the Martins could face serious felony charges. They are currently charged with nine counts each of aggravated animal cruelty.
Investigators say the Martin's daughter had been taken from their custody by DHR and they're examining what role the custody issue may have had in this case.
The dogs are at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter for treatment.
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