LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - A Lee County jury found Deanalyn Reing, 50, of Rockford, Ala. guilty of five counts of Cruelty to Animals in the Second Degree on Thursday, Feb. 5 after a two-day trial.
Reing is the owner of Southern Dogs Rescue and has been known by animal enthusiasts as an animal breeder and advocate.
Reing's sentencing date has been set for Friday, Feb. 13. This case was originally tried in District Court on April 22, 2014 which led to the defendant being found guilty of these same charges.
Reing filed a notice of appeal which resulted in her cases being transferred to circuit court and was set for a jury trial. These conviction stems from the following reported case.
On Dec. 21, 2013, a Lee County resident reported to the Lee County Sheriff's Office and Lee County Animal Control that there were several dogs on some property located in the 400 block of Lee Road 4 in Auburn which appeared to have been abandoned and neglected.
Deputies and Animal Control Officers discovered approximately 20 dogs in fence kennels that appeared to be malnourished and starving to death. There was no food in the kennels and the water provided was stagnant and green or black in color. The dogs were also walking around in their own feces and mud.
Several of the dogs were confirmed to have additional health issues such as intestinal worms after being examined by Dr. Buddy Bruce's Veterinary Office. Six of these dogs were in such bad shape that they were removed from the property in an attempt to save their lives.
There had been similar complaints filed against this home owner, which eventually led to this investigation and charges.
If you have any information about this case or any other criminal activity please contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 1-334-749-5651 or Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-555-7847.