An Alabama couple face animal cruelty charges after they left their pets chained outside for more than a week without food and water.
On Friday, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of Devin Hulsey and Jodi Scott, AL.com reports.
The couple, both 23, allegedly kept three dogs and a pig chained to trees under the sun for approximately 10 days without access to food and water.
At the time, the heat index in the area — in Brookwood, Alabama, about 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa — surpassed 100 degrees, WBMA reports.
The pets were “severely malnourished and dehydrated, but were saved,” Deputy Jason Powell of the sheriff’s office said.
“It is a serious case because it is an animal’s life at risk and animals can’t speak, so humans pretty much need to be their voice,” Powell told WBRC.
The couple’s neighbor notified authorities about the situation. The neighbor told WBMA she doesn’t understand why the pair abandoned the pets.
“Leave them to die. Leave them starving,” the neighbor said. “I thought a lot of them before this happened and would’ve never expected them to do something of this level.”
Police subsequently issued a lookout-bulletin for the pair on Wednesday. Scott turned herself in the following day, with Hulsey following suit Friday.
Each suspect has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty. Although they were booked into jail, both Hulsey and Scott have been released after posting $12,000 bonds.
Tuscaloosa County is caring for the dogs, while the pig is recovering in a foster home, WBMA reports.
Photo: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff