DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Dothan police are raising money to help Dothan Animal Shelter and veterinarians care for more than sixty animals rescued from a couple's home Friday. The shelter is also receiving help from the community, and they're asking the public to keep the donations coming.
The animal shelter is caring for more than 64 dogs that require a ton of food. The shelter has received several bags of dog food, donated by people in the community.
Police are using funds from the Dothan Police Foundation, Pro-Life Project to help the animals in the recovery process. Some 65 dogs and 16 birds were rescued from deplorable conditions. One dog had to be put down.
Authorities believe the animals were living at a residence on the 2900 block of Peachtree Drive for at least a couple years. Le Pham, 34, and Hoan Nguyen, 47, are charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
"We almost doubled our dog count on just this one call," said William Banks, the shelter's animal service division manager. "We brought in 65 dogs since it's been a lot of help from the people that volunteer with us. Our biggest thing right now has been food. We've had just numerous people bring big bags of dog food and cans of dog food," Banks added.
David Mauldin says he went to Petsmart and bought all the puppy chow on the shelves, soft dog food, and stainless steel bowls. He plans to bring more food within the next couple days.
"We have four dogs of our own and we love them like they were our children, and we hate to see any animals abused," Mauldin explained. "And when someone like the shelter here gets such a bombardment...so many dogs at one time, they need help. They need your help, not just ours."
Police believe the animals were being bred and sold. Investigators are looking at the couple's tax records and plan to start another branch in this investigation. The Internal Revenue Service or the FBI is expected to come in and take over that portion of the investigation.
Dothan police are also working with the United States Humane Society out of Birmingham.
"This is going to be an ongoing thing for quite a while," Dothan Police Chief Steven Parrish cautioned. "It could take us several weeks to work through this."
"We desperately need the citizens help to continue," Banks said.
If you would like to donate to the Dothan police foundation to help these animals you can make a donation at dothanpolicefoundation.com or call 334-615-3617. Food donations can be dropped off at the Dothan Animal Shelter.
While all dog food is needed, the animal shelter is especially in need of more soft dog food. They ask that you not call the shelter at this time due to a high call volume.
The city is in the process of filing for custody of the animals. Once they've determined if the welfare of the animals is stable they will find homes for them.