Pit bulls maul dozens of cats to death at Alabama shelter

Two pit bulls mauled more than two dozen cats to death in a horrifying overnight killing spree at an Alabama shelter this week, according to a new report.

Workers at the Dothan Animal Shelter made the disturbing discovery — 29 cats attacked by the dogs — when they arrived at work Thursday, local station WTVY reported.

“Those dogs forced their way out of a pen,” shelter director Bill Banks told the outlet. “Then, they pushed hard enough on galvanized bars to knock [the bars] out of their clamps,” said Shelter Director Bill Banks.

Then the dogs, also housed at the shelter, pushed hard on the chain-link fencing, got into the area where the cats were kept, and slaughtered the cats, according to the report.

“These dogs were able to eat their way out, for lack of a better term, and attack these cats,” City Commissioner Beth Kenward told the outlet. “That is horrible.”

The conditions in the outdated shelter are to blame, according to Kenward — and Mayor Mark Saliba shares the same sentiments.

“It’s sad, and there is no doubt that [a new shelter] is overdue,” Saliba told the station.

Saliba, Kenward and others recently named a new animal shelter as a capital improvement priority, but the main issues now are getting together enough funding — and securing three to five acres of land — for the facility.

“We need business owners, private entities, humane societies, animal rights groups, and others to partner with us on this,” Kenward told the outlet.

“This commitment is there and I think we all realize the time is now,” Saliba added. “Whatever we do, it is going to be a nice shelter.”

The pitbulls were brought to the shelter Wednesday after they were discovered roaming, according to the report. The fate of the dogs had not immediately been decided — but Banks told the outlet he doesn’t want to see them in a position where they can do any additional harm.

Volunteers and staff at the shelter, who may have been traumatized by the grisly scene, will be offered counseling.

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