A woman was arrested for leaving her pets in locked cages to die in rising flood waters, police say.
Dana Marie Head, 59, was charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty after authorities found numerous caged animals in the water of the flooded Chattooga River on her Gaylesville, Alabama property on Saturday.
Local police deputies found two dead animals, as well as caged ducks, rabbits, birds, and cats in danger of drowning on the property.
Dana Marie Head, 59, was charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty after she left her caged pets to drown, police say. (Picture: Cherokee County Detention Center)Officers were able to cut the locks on the cages and rescue the animals that survived.
Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver said the area experienced widespread flooding after days of heavy rain soaked the county.
Boys aged 2, 3, and 5 ‘never learnt to speak after dad made them live alone’Head was not home when authorities responded to her home, but she returned a short time later and was taken into police custody.
She was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center and was held on $8,5000 bond.
‘Anytime you have an event like this, you have animals that need to be kept safe,’ Shaver told Alabama.com.
Heavy rain caused the Chattooga river to flood on Saturday, drowning two of Head’s caged animals (Picture: Google Maps)The National Weather Service was warned local residence near the Chattooga River last Thursday that the heavy rain, mixed with the river’s proximity to the nearby Lake Weiss, would likely cause flooding.
‘People with property on and around the lake need to take action to protect their property as the lake is above full pool,’ forecasters wrote.