One shelter volunteer said there were 130 cats and kittens in the building and 14 dogs at the beginning of the day. There was no air conditioning and very little ventilation.
Officials and volunteers were concerned about the temperatures inside as outside temperatures soared into the 90s during the day. Many of the animals were lethargic in the extreme heat. It was over 90 degrees inside well after dark and the heat and smell from the conditions made it necessary for workers to take frequent breaks for air.
“This is just filthy,” Marci Mitchum of K9 RESQ said. “These poor animals are in horrific shape. It just makes me so angry.”
Assistant Police Chief Scott Karr said criminal charges could be pending against those running the shelter.
Many local residents also showed up at the shelter after hearing about the animals on Facebook, and adopted kittens and cats.
A veterinarian was called to the scene late Thursday night to evaluate the conditions and the remaining animals.
The shelter changed its association to Nonnie’s Angels at the beginning of the year, but there is no registered 501(3)(c) nonprofit in Walker County.
K9 RESQ took the dogs in the shelter, many which had obvious signs of mange and neglect.
Anyone who wishes to donate to their care can send funds to Crossroads Animal Hospital in Moody, 1826 Carl Jones Rd, Moody, AL 35004. They ask that you specify the money is for the care of the K9 RESQ dogs from Walker County.
Anyone interested in adopting or fostering the animals can contact the rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The shelter was not officially shut down as of press time, but most animals had been removed from the premises.
Any animals not removed late Thursday night will be removed this morning.