Warrant issued in Clay case of starved dogs
Jefferson County officials have issued arrest warrant for Robert D. Raffield, Jr., 59, after two dogs were found starved to death in a Clay residence in June.
“Two warrants have been issued for the arrest of the former resident on the charge of cruelty to a cat or a dog,” Christian said. “Both charges carry a $6000 bond. Raffield’s whereabouts are unknown and he remains remains at large.”
Christian said that on June 17, deputies were called to a home in the 700 block of Chestnut Drive in Clay to investigate an animal cruelty complaint.
The building inspector for Clay had been contacted by a contractor who had been hired to clean up a foreclosed home and get it ready to sell. The contractor reported finding two dead dogs inside the home. They appeared to have been starved to death, Christian said.
Clay City Manager Ronnie Dixon said in July that it appeared that the dogs had been living there alone for several weeks, but that they had been dead for at least three.
The Greater Birmingham Humane Society as well as the Jefferson County animal cruelty investigator were working together to investigate the case, Christian said in July.