Dothan woman charged with child porn and sex crimes

On August 3, 2023, the Dothan Police Department conducted a search warrant at the home of Allenia Crittenden, 35 years old of Dothan. She was subsequently charged with one count of possession of Child Pornography, three counts of Bestiality, and one count of Filing a False Police Report. The investigation was the result of a tip sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Investigators with the Dothan Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit obtained digital evidence that revealed Crittenden was in possession of a video file containing child sexual assault material. Videos depicting Crittenden having sexual conduct with a canine was also recovered. Additional electronic and recording devices were seized from the residence to be analyzed. The canine was recovered in the home.

Dothan Animal Services responded and took possession of the canine. The canine appeared in good health and will remain in protection of the Dothan Animal Services until legal proceedings can be filed.

Crittenden was booked in the Dothan City Jail with a bond totaling $39,000. The investigation is still ongoing.

Man Charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals

On March 19, 2022, the Dothan Police Department responded to the 700 block of Walnut Street for a complaint of possible animal cruelty.  Upon arrival, officers discovered a young bulldog laying in the backyard tethered to a steel cable attached to a nearby fence.  The dog had multiple injuries including lacerations to the head, face, neck, and legs.  The dog also had no shelter, food, or access to water.

Contact was made with the owner of the dog, Andrew Marquis Thomas, at the same address.  He stated the dog ran off and got into a fight with another dog down the street.  He admitted to striking the dog multiple times on the head with a large board to make him stop fighting.  He then took the dog home where he admitted to beating the dog again with an extension cord as punishment.  Thomas admitted to having an anger management issue and stated he “kept beating the dog”.  Of the multiple injuries to the dog, some were caused from the fight, and some were caused by the actions of Thomas.

Dothan Animal Control responded to the scene and took possession of the dog and immediately began first aid on him.  The dog is currently being treated by a local veterinarian and the exact extent of the injuries has not been determined yet.

As a result of this incident, Andrew Marquis Thomas, 30 years old, of Dothan, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.  His bond was set at $15,000.00.


Discussion on plans for animal shelter

A group of city leaders met with private partners today to discuss plans for replacing the city’s aging animal shelter. Discussions centered on projects ranging from a website for increased transparency to reviewing several possible locations for the new facility.

“We really just wanted to make sure the public was aware that this project is being undertaken in earnest,” said Steve Parrish, Dothan’s Chief of Police. “We have a long way to go, and these meetings are a key part of making sure we’ve got everything in place to make the project a success.”

Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba, District 5 Commissioner Beth Kenward and City Manager Kevin Cowper were also in attendance at the meeting.

The current animal shelter is not adequate for the city’s needs and has been found to be in need of replacement. The goal is to build a new shelter that provides not only a clean, inviting atmosphere for its visitors, but also is a safe, healthy place for strays to be kept until they can be adopted.

City officials discuss plans for new animal shelter

DPD responds to Westgate Park

This morning Dothan police officers were called to Westgate Park for a suspicious animal on the bike trail….a sick raccoon. The animal appeared confused and disoriented, moved slowly, and had difficulty walking….all signs of rabies!

Thanks to an alert citizen we were able to safely remove a potential public health hazard. Officer Tate was able to collar the animal with a piece of rope, keeping it from running away until it could be turned over to Animal Control.

REMEMBER!!! Vaccinate your pets, pay attention to your surroundings, and report any animal that shows signs of rabies. For more information on the signs and symptoms of rabies, and tips for prevention, visit

* Also…NEVER attempt to pet a wild raccoon. Even if they are not rabid, they can be very aggressive!

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