Justice for Horses and Dogs Allegedly Victimized by Serial Abuser

Target: Hal Hughston, District Attorney of Colbert County, AL

Goal: Punish woman accused of harming and killing dozens of animals to fullest extent, if found guilty.

Several years ago, Alabama resident Debra Jane Catledge faced multiple counts of animal cruelty after over 100 caged dogs were found outside her residence. One might think the story would have ended there. Yet a decade later, this same suspect is once again being charged with multiple cruelty offenses.

This time, the alleged victims include a mule, a donkey, 29 horses, and nearly four dozen dogs. While the dogs were rescued, most of the horses on the property were reportedly deceased. The investigation began months ago after reports emerged of dead horses at the suspect’s house. Investigators described horrific conditions upon arrival. They claimed the dogs were covered with bugs and matted fur and that the canines were packed into overcrowded kennels. Testing later reported they had serious medical ailments.

Fortunately, the living animals have received necessary treatments and are in the process of adoption. Unfortunately, past failures cast doubt on whether they will ever receive justice. This multi-time alleged offender was apparently quickly released after she was taken into custody.

Sign the petition below to ensure that the long arm of the law doesn’t fall short once again.


Dear DA Hughston,

If an accused suspect who had previously been charged with 15 counts of a crime later had the seeming opportunity to commit even more of said crimes, the public would be rightfully outraged and the system that let this miscarriage of justice happen would be shamed. Why, then, did the Colbert County legal system allow Debra Jane Catledge (accused of harming 100-plus dogs 10 years ago) unfettered access to more potential victims? Why is this woman now once again before the courts facing allegations that she not only ran a puppy mill, but also caused the deaths of nearly 30 horses?

If this suspect is guilty, do not let her escape justice a second time. Seek the maximum possible charges and affirm that in this county and in this country, every victim matters.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Alabama, striving to be like Florida and Texas, anti animal and pro criminal. Letting this loser anywhere near an animal should be an illegal offense, she has already proven she intends to keep hurting and killing animals and I guess Alabama likes that because they keep giving her the chance to kill more animals. Do your jobs, stop this sadistic lowlife.

  2. This woman can not be pardoned with back room good ol’ boy tactics. She needs evaluation as she is mentally deranged. If she is found guilty prison is the only answer. She murders animals. Period. She did this before and here she is again torturing animals and killing them. I am sure there is enough evidence to prove she is accountable. She isa harm to all society and must be taken out of society for an extremely long time.

  3. Death penalty for this bitch,coward. Kill this evil monster.
    Justice for dogs and horses! RIP

    • Agree totally with you Jorge. She killed and will do it again and again. Don’t spend money for her. Jail is not a punishment for her evil and sick mind.

  4. Alabama needs to upgrade their animal cruelty laws. There is no justice for the animals if losers like this skank keep getting away with animal cruelty crimes.

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