Police arrest Hartselle woman for animal cruelty

Lauren Estes-Velez

Hartselle Enquirer

Deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint made at Dog House of Alabama Nov. 10, 2017, and officers ultimately made an arrest.

The boarding business, located at 8 Tapscott Road in Hartselle, is owned and operated by Alexandria Holland. When deputies arrived, they found three deceased canines, which appeared to have starved to death. There were three additional canines on scene which apparently had survived only by eating the other canines’ remains.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigators and animal control officers responded and took possession of the three surviving canines and the remains of the deceased canines.
Three days later, animal control officers went to the home of Holland and found two extremely emaciated Doberman canines – one male and one female.

The dogs at the house were taken into custody of Morgan County Animal Control. A veterinarian later discovered the Dobermans had a severe parasite and worm infestation, for which they were treated.

Sheriff’s investigators obtained warrants for the arrest of Alexandria Holland on five counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal. She was taken to the Morgan County Jail and was held on a $2,500 bond.

Sheriff Ana Franklin said because this is a first offense for Holland, if she is convicted, the penalty can range widely based on the judge’s recommendation.

“She was negligent to the point that it became abuse. In order to reach the elements of the felony statute, it has to be a certain level of cruelty,” Franklin said. “A victim has come forward to report that one of the dogs that was killed was their pet. We believe the other two dogs are hers. Animal control has taken the other three dogs that survived. I’m not sure if they have been adopted out or not.”

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