The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 4, 2014

UPDATED: Athens Police: Renters left dogs to die

By Jean Cole

— The renters of an Athens home who allegedly moved out and left their two dogs to die have been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, an official said Friday.

The couple, now living in a local motel, told police they meant to return for the dogs but did not have a vehicle, Police Chief Floyd Johnson said.

The landlord found the two dogs March 20 while doing an inspection after the tenants moved out of the home, which is located in the 2100 block of Lindsay Lane, the chief said.

City Code Enforcement Officer Ty Barrett and Athens Police Investigator Tim McIntire investigated and determined the animals had not been fed, given water or taken care of in several days, Johnson said.

“He interviewed the owners of the animals and he was told they intended to go back and get the animals but they didn’t have a car so they never returned,” Johnson said.

McIntire obtained arrest warrants for Christopher Warren Adkins, 36, and Shannon Lynn Adkins, 35, both of the Bomar Inn at 1101 U.S. 31 South,  Room 124, on misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals.