- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County sheriff’s officials say the owner of a pet grooming business charged with animal cruelty and operating without a license has surrendered to authorities.

Authorities said in a statement Monday that 13 dogs and two cats were removed from the grooming business after authorities were told in May that it was operating as an animal shelter and adoption service.

Sheriff’s officials identified the owner as 45-year-old Scott Alan Kirkland of Birmingham. Sheriff’s spokesman Randy Christian said in a release that the animals weren’t being properly cared for and Kirkland wasn’t present when authorities arrived.

Authorities say Kirkland would be held on $31,000 bond. Phone calls to numbers listed for Kirkland were not answered Monday and it’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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