CLANTON, AL (WSFA) - Chilton Country Humane Society President Katherine Reece and her team are used to seeing cases of animal abuse. In fact, about one-quarter to one-third of the animals that live at the shelter were rescued from abuse. But Reece says two puppies the humane society got at the end of last week suffered the worst case of mutilation she said she has ever witnessed.
"The puppies were brought to us Thursday by Jemison Animal Control," Reece said. "They told us that they had been found with their ears cut. They had been cut off with scissors all the way down to the puppies' heads."
The two puppies, now named Skeeter and Charming, are around three months old. Reece said their sweet and playful demeanor is "amazing" considering the abuse they suffered.
"This was done by somebody who is a dog fighter who wanted these dogs for bait dogs," Reece explained. "They cut their ears off so that the fighting dog won't just grab their ears. A bait dog is a dog that's used to train a fighting dog. It's a dog that's used for nothing else but to be killed."
Reece said this situation is especially horrifying because of the method used to cut the dogs' ears off.
"They don't just hold the dog down and cut their ears off," Reece said. "They choke them until they are unconscious, and while they are passed out, they cut their ears off."
While Reece said she is happy to have saved the puppies, there is still a fear looming over her. She said she knows the humane society does not receive all of the animals that are in need, but even then, the staff does not even have the resources to fully meet the need it currently serves. The department receives funding from surrounding cities and Chilton County, but Reece said that money barely covers payroll.
"Can you imagine working every day and not knowing if you'll get a pay check on pay day?" Reece asked. "I don't even know if everyone will get paid this next time."
Reece said she is more concerned about not having the money she needs to provide the medicine, food, and resources that the animals need.
"It's so frustrating because it's everyone's responsibility," she stated. "People don't spay and neuter their animals, even though we do it for so cheap. So, they keep getting these litters that they aren't prepared to take care of, and they bring them here. We need help, and we need people to take care of their pets."
Reece's biggest fear, right now, is that the humane society will have to shut down, and will be forced to either euthanize the animals or put them on the street.
The Chilton County Humane Society's biggest needs are cat litter, puppy food, kitten food, monetary donations, and volunteers. For more information on how you can help, visit the humane society's website, http://chiltoncountyhumanesociety.org.