DORA - Two Dora residents have been arrested on animal cruelty charges, and police are searching for the two dogs mistreated in their care.Wilkena Janae Jackson, 34, and Jeffery Herron, 46, were …
DORA - Two Dora residents have been arrested on animal cruelty charges, and police are searching for the two dogs mistreated in their care.
Wilkena Janae Jackson, 34, and Jeffery Herron, 46, were arrested on animal cruelty charges in the 100 block of Doliska Road in Dora on Wednesday, June 20.
Dora Police Chief Jared Hall investigated the case that stemmed from a passerby observing two dogs in poor conditions — with one tangled around a pole — at Jackson and Herron's property. Hall visited the residence and found the emaciated dogs with no access to food or water, and neither had a shelter to escape weather conditions.
"One of the dogs was chained to a pole in the middle of the back yard with a tangled chain, where it could only move approximately one to two feet in 90 plus degree weather," Hall said in a post to the Dora Police Department Facebook page.
In a conversation with the Daily Mountain Eagle, Hall provided further details on the other abused dog.
"It was very malnourished. It was also on a very short chain," he said.
One of the dogs was chained in a shaded area, while the other was exposed to direct sunlight, Hall added.
No adults were home during Hall's initial visit to the property, but he took pictures of the dogs and contacted the Walker County Humane Society. The organization agreed to take the dogs if the owners would surrender them.
Hall later returned to the property with arrest warrants for Jackson and Herron, and he found the dogs were no longer at the residence.
"I spoke to Ms. Jackson on the phone, and it was my understanding she was going to surrender the dogs over to the Walker County Humane Society," he said. "That was the best thing at the time for the dogs, so they could get food, water, shelter and be seen by a vet."
Since Jackson failed to cooperate, she is also facing charges of tampering with physical evidence.
Hall said he is hoping the public can help locate the dogs, who are in desperate need of vet care and nourishment. Both canines are mixed breed, medium sized dogs. One dog has light and dark brown striping, with a patch of white hair on its chest. The other dog is tan, has a darker muzzle, and the tip of its tail is dark brown in color. Both appear to be young dogs.
"Maybe someone saw her removing the dogs or someone saw another vehicle there of someone removing the dogs ... but we haven't had any tips at this time," Hall said.
Anyone that has information about the case or has potentially located the dogs is urged to call the Dora Police Department at (205) 648-3211. Dora police can also be messaged on their Facebook page.
Both Jackson and Herron have made bail and are not providing information on the whereabouts of the dogs. Under Alabama Code, animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor, and both could face a fine of up to $3,000 or imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year.