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Nearly 150 animals rescued in Sumiton

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Nearly 150 dogs and cats are now in better homes according to the assistant police chief of Sumiton.   

Police intervened Thursday at an animal rescue called Nonnie's Angels in Sumiton. Investigators said they received several complaints about the conditions animals were living in. 

The Sumiton police department said it has lots of pictures of the inside conditions of Nonnie's Angel's formally Save our Strays on Main Street. But since the late night rescue has now turned into an animal cruelty investigation those pictures won't be released.

Assistant Police Chief Scott Karr said, "It was at 92 degrees at 7:30 at night inside the building. There was no air movement. The animals were lethargic. Many had mites, fleas, skin conditions."

When Moody veterinarian Dr. Rachel Nelson got a call around nine o'clock Thursday night, she loaded up her team and drove to Sumiton to rescue the cats and dogs.

Animal rescuer and vet tech Rebecca Macks said, "It's hard to see that. It's hard to know that people can, people can represent themselves as rescue and represent themselves as doing the right thing for animals and in reality let them be in that condition."

Assistant Chief Karr said there were between 140 and 150 animals at the rescue in Sumiton, but most were adopted Thursday. 

By the time Nelson and her team arrived there were 14 cats and 12 dogs left. They rescued them all.

Dr. Rachel Nelson said, "It was the worst I've ever seen. It was the worst." We asked, "What made it so bad?"  Nelson replied, "The smell, you could tell that um nothing had been cleaned in a very very long time. "

Despite the initial shock the animals had, the vet said most of the problems are treatable.

The cats are being kept separate from the rest of the pets at Crossroads Animal Hospital until their fully medically examined to make sure they don't carry any diseases.

Assistant chief Karr says they haven't been able to get in touch with the original employees at Nonnie's Angels, since the keys were left with volunteers.

Dr. Nelson said the animals she rescued will be medically cleared and up for adoption Monday.

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