29 cats killed when 2 pit bulls escape from cages at Alabama animal shelter

Two pit bulls at an Alabama animal shelter escaped from their cages early Thursday morning and fatally mauled 29 cats, WTVY reported.

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Workers at the Dothan Animal Shelter found the dead cats when they reported to work Thursday morning, the television station reported.

"Those dogs forced their way out of a pen. Then, they pushed hard enough on galvanized bars to knock (the bars) out of their clamps," shelter director Bill Banks told WTVY.

That action enabled the dogs to push on the chain-link fencing and then attack the cats.

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

Kenward said the shelter is outdated and believes the city should have helped to upgrade it a long time ago.

Mayor Mark Saliba agreed, telling WTVY, "It's sad, and there is no doubt that (a new shelter) is overdue."

Banks said the pit bulls were brought to the shelter Wednesday. He told WTVY that no decision has been made about what to do with the dogs.

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