(Follow-up) New charges filed in St. Clair County animal cruelty case


Donna Mullins charged with obstruction of governmental operations. SOURCE: St. Clair Co. Sheriff’s Office (Source: SOURCE: St. Clair Co. Sheriff’s Office)

By WBRC Staff

Pell City authorities are investigating an animal cruelty case after multiple dead animals were found inside a mobile home.

The Animal Control Officer responded to the Shady Dale Mobile Home Park on October 4 on a complaint, and found 48 cats and three dogs alive in the home.

There were multiple dead animals and carcasses inside the trailer. Three adults, including the homeowner, and two adult children lived in the home. The home was covered in roaches, feces on the floors, and it was difficult to breathe according to Pell City police. The Pell City Fire Department treated the people who lived in the home. Officers contacted the Alabama Department of Human Resources, which responded to the scene.

The animals were taken to the Pell City Animal Shelter. Officers say they were malnourished, infested with fleas and some were missing eyes and showed signs of abuse.

Donna Mullins, the homeowner, was arrested and charged with obstruction of governmental operations. More charges could be filed.

The Police chief Paul Erwin expects the home will have to condemned.

The Pell City Animal Control Center is overwhelmed by the sudden additions. They said they need supplies and donations.


Donna Mullins has now been charged with Criminal Littering, five charges each for Failure to Immunize Dog/Cat for Rabies, Failure to Bury Livestock, and Cruelty to Animals. She is currently being held on an $18,000 bond.