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BAARC's Scott Kirkland charged with animal cruelty after June 12 raid

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies load a dog into a truck from BAARC and Head to Tail Animal Care on June 12, 2014. Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies load a dog into a truck from BAARC and Head to Tail Animal Care on June 12, 2014.
BIRMINGHAM, AL -

A Birmingham man is facing additional animal cruelty charges after a June 12 raid saw 13 dogs and 2 cats seized from Head to Tail Animal Care and B.A.A.R.C. 

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Scott Alan Kirkland, 45, of Birmingham, was charged with five counts of animal cruelty and one count of operating a business without a license as a result of the raid.

Investigators received information in early May that he was operated the grooming business as an animal shelter and adoption service. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said the animals were being held in "unacceptable" conditions.

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"Most of these dogs and cats had not had enough to eat, they were just victims of neglect," Sheriff Mike Hale said this afternoon. "Scott Kirkland took advantage of our pet's attention, took our money and didn't do what he said he was going to do and as a result, 13 dogs and two cats suffered. That's just not right."

Hale said they are still actively looking into the situation, including looking into other people that may have been involved in the scheme.

"What's interesting to note is that there are some other folks that may be involved with Kirkland, and we're trying to get to the bottom of that. We're still investigating to see if there might be more charges filed in the case," Hale said. "It's our goal that if they had a role in carrying out the plot to get the animals, and to deny them food and water, and make a profit after they say they'd pick them up and adopt them out, we want to get everyone that was invovled with this crime.

"We're not going to rest until everyone who should be charged and are guilty in this are brought to justice."

Kirkland was out of town at the time of the raid. He turned himself in this afternoon and is being held in lieu of $31,000 bond.

Kirkland was found guilty of two different animal cruelty charges last May regarding incidents in Leeds. He's appealing both cases and paperwork shows that he demands a trial by jury.

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