Police investigating dumping of dead animals in Winston
by Elane Jones
Jan 20, 2013 | 5370 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local authorities are investigating reports of someone illegally dumping dead animals in Winston County.

A Winston County man contacted the Facebook group Alabama/Tennessee Pet and Livestock Buyers Beware regarding a problem he is having with someone reportedly dumping dead dogs and cats on his property.

A member of the group emailed the Daily Mountain Eagle about the issue. Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris and Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey confirmed they are aware of the situation and are currently investigating the matter.

“When we were made aware of the situation by the property owner, we went out to the property to investigate the situation,” Harris said. “There were several deceased animals lying on the ground, and we took photos to document the scene before properly disposing of the animals by burying them.

“At the moment, we don’t have any evidence that will lead us to the person or persons responsible for dumping the animals,” Harris added. “I know the gentleman claims he knows who is responsible, but we need proof and at this point we don’t have any — all we have is hearsay.”

In his email to the Beware group, the property owner names the person he believes is responsible and claims that person is a volunteer with the Walker County Animal Shelter and the animals came from that location.

Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said he was made aware of the situation when a member of the group came up to him following a Walker County Commission meeting earlier this month.

“The lady asked if I knew anything about the situation and I told her, ‘no, it was the first I’ve heard of it, but I would be looking into it,’” Tirey said. “I have contacted the Walker County Commission and make them aware of the situation as they oversee any matters regarding the animal shelter. I will also be following up with Sheriff Harris on Monday to obtain any information he has regarding the matter.”

According to Alabama law, deceased animals should be burned or buried at least two feet below the ground within 24 hours of their death. Failure to properly bury animals is a misdemeanor and can result in a fine of up to $50.