The Alexander City Police Department are searching for Nicholas Lynn Patterson in connection with the alleged starving of 13 dogs and for the death of seven purebred collies at his home on Pearson Chapel Road in Alexander City, Ala. reported the Alex City Outlook.
A warrant for Patterson's arrest was issued on Thursday which charges the suspect with one count of felony animal cruelty, 14 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to dogs, and six counts of failure to bury or burn dead animals. According to Alexander City Police Department Animal Control Officer Kelly Cotney, the malnourished dogs had not been properly fed since February. When authorities arrived on the property, there was no shelter and only dirty water available:
“In terms of the number of dogs and the conditions we found, this is the worst I have ever seen. The sad part is that these dogs were AKC registered, some from champion bloodlines, that simply had been neglected to the point that they were dead or nothing but fur and bones."
Ten of the seized dogs were purebred collies; another dog a sheltie. One of the dogs seized died the next day from malnutrition; the reason for the additional felony animal cruelty charge.
When the neglect was discovered earlier in the month, Patterson claimed health issues precluded him from caring for his dogs.
The dogs are now in the custody of the Alexander City Police Department Animal Control where most of the animals are being treated. One dog has moved on to a foster home. At this time, the dogs are not available for adoption, but if you would like to help or have information as to the location of Patterson, please call (256)-234-3421.
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