2 Hanceville women arrested on animal cruelty charges


Amanda Yancey Monaco, left and Leah Ann Wilbanks, right / Cullman County Sheriff’s Office

HANCEVILLE – Two Hanceville women were arrested on Tuesday, July 10 and charged with seven counts each of second-degree cruelty to a dog or cat, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to a media release from Cullman County Animal Control, officers responded to a residence on County Road 512 “in reference to dogs that were involved in a heat-related crime.”

Upon investigation, Amanda Yancey Monaco, 47, and Leah Ann Wilbanks, 47 were arrested.

CCAC says both women made bonds of $3,500 and are scheduled to appear in court.

Sgt. Chris Westmoreland says the investigation is ongoing.

According to Alabama Criminal Code 13A-11-241:

“A person commits the crime of cruelty to a dog or cat in the second degree if he or she, in a cruel manner, overloads, overdrives, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, unnecessarily or cruelly beats, injuries, mutilates, or causes the same to be done. Cruelty to a dog or cat in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.”

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