Authorities say a group of violent dogs were caught and shot

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities from the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office say a group of several violent dogs, accused of attacking and killing local livestock and pets, were put down.

Several witnesses from the Central Heights community in Florence told News 19 that a group of dogs had been attacking and killing their animals for more than two months.

Deputy Lt. Joe Hamilton told News 19 he believed they captured and killed all of the dogs involved with the help of some residents. He said the dogs posed an imminent threat to the community.

“Dogs were coming onto the property, they were attacking various farm animals, various animals,” Hamilton said. “From the way they were killing cattle, we were concerned that they might be aggressive towards a person or a child.”

Hamilton said at least two of the dogs belonged to a resident who was made aware of the situation.

He said the residents will likely face several civil lawsuits from others in the area.


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