Couple charged with animal cruelty, released after 27 dogs recovered from home


NAUVOO, Ala. (WIAT) — The Walker County Sheriff’s Office tells CBS 42 that a Nauvoo couple, charged with one count of animal cruelty to a horse, could face up to 27 more counts — one for each of the dogs retrieved from their home in January.

Deputy Carl Carpenter says that he was called out to the 6600 block of Nauvoo Road to look into a dead horse lying in the yard of 54 year-old George Michael Mullinax and 55 year-old Sharon Mullinax. But when he got there, he found the 27 dogs living in poor condition.

“They were running on top of feces, their food and water was on top of these feces,” describes Deputy Carpenter. “The outside dogs’ water source was a child’s swimming pool that was full of green algae-filled water.”

Deputy Carpenter tells CBS 42 that the couple turned themselves in this past Friday for the one count of animal cruelty and was released later that day. According to Carpenter, the civil portion of the case was decided last Wednesday and a judge permitted the 27 dogs to be returned to the couple.

Carpenter suspects that this was all part of a puppy mill, which has stunned neighbors.

“I’m really shocked and a bit upset because I don’t like it when people do stuff like that.” says Rita Cole, who lives just across the way.

Cole just so happens to be a dog owner herself.

They don’t really deserve to have any [pets] at all in my opinion,” says Cole. “I think they really need to be punished for what happened to that poor horse.”

Deputy Carpents says that he expects more charges to be filed soon. 

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