An arrest warrant for April Woodrum, 37, was filed in Calhoun County District Court earlier this week for permitting livestock to run at large, a class C misdemeanor. The warrant was signed by complainant Jimmy Nelson, Woodrum’s neighbor on Mangum Road.
Calhoun County Chief Deputy Matthew Wade said Nelson told the Sheriff’s Office that four pigs had been roaming his yard and had even caused damage to his property.
Under Alabama law it is illegal “to permit livestock to run at large in a quarantined district without a written permit of the State Veterinarian or a commissioned livestock inspector.”
Wade said the law applies to people who keep livestock animals as pets, as opposed to commercial farmers.
“You can’t arrest a farmer because a cow got out by accident,” Wade said. “This is about just letting an animal out without any control or intent to keep them fenced up.”
According to online court documents, Woodrum was released from the Calhoun County Jail on a $300 bond on Oct. 16. She is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 26.
A Class C misdemeanor in the state of Alabama carries a jail sentence of up to 30 days. Wade said if convicted, Woodrum would likely only receive a suspended sentence.
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