Tanning salon owner charged with animal cruelty, providing alcohol to a minor

Published 12:21 pm Tuesday, February 12, 2013


HOOVER — Hoover officers recently arrested the owner of a Lee Branch tanning salon on charges of animal cruelty and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Raymond Louis Smith III, 43, was arrested Feb. 5 after he was taken into custody during a traffic stop in the 5400 block of U.S. 280, according to a Hoover Police press release.

Raymond Louis Smith III

Smith was initially arrested on an outstanding warrant alleging that he provided alcohol to a 16-year-old female in a January incident.

At the time of his arrest, search warrants were also served on Smith’s business, Premier Mega Tan, and his residence, located in the 2100 block of Brook Highland Ridge, according to the press release.

Three adult dogs and eight puppies were taken from his residence and turned over to the Shelby County Humane Society. One dead puppy was also found in the home. Three live puppies were also recovered from the tanning salon, and Smith was charged with one count of cruelty to animals.

The total bond on the two charges was $4,000. Smith was released from the Shelby County Jail Feb. 7 after posting bond, according to the release.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the case and are asking anyone with additional information to contact Lt. Harry Long at 739-7440.