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And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right.

~Martin Luther King


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 2009 ~ 2010 ~ 2011 ~ 2012 ~ 2013 - 2014 ~ 2015 ~ 2016 ~ 2017
 

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ANIMAL ABUSE

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After they had accustomed themselves at Rome to the spectacles of the slaughter of animals, they proceeded to those of the slaughter of men, to the gladiators. 

~Michel Montaigne
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January 9, 2017 ~ Tenth Year in a Row: Kentucky Ranked Worst State In Nation On Animal Abuse


For the ninth year in a row, Illinois takes first place—followed by Oregon (2), Maine (3) and California (4). Rhode Island (5) broke into the top tier this year. Kentucky holds steady at fiftieth place for the 10th year in a row, followed by Iowa (49), Wyoming (48), Utah (47), and North Dakota (46) rounding out states with the weakest animal protection laws.
 
Kentucky showed some progress by strengthening animal fighting statutes, but it was not enough to shake its reputation as the “Worst State” for animal protection laws ten years in a row.

AND NOW THE RACE BEGINS TO BE #1 in 2017!
 
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***Please note***
 
The atrocities posted below are just the "tip of the iceberg" and are not intended to represent every instance of abuse that has occurred since I began documenting the sad state of affairs in Kentucky. Until legislators and residents of the Commonwealth acknowledge that a problem exists and make a real effort to do something about it, the abuse will continue.
 
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2009

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This is Why I Started Documenting Animal Abuse in Kentucky!
 
Kentucky was voted the #1 State to live if you are an animal abuser
 
 No one takes responsibility or is held accountable and this just proves it. I am ashamed of our elected officials and law enforcement leaders. Abusers and killers get a slap on the hand. Anyone that could abuse an animal is a sick pathetic human being who needs to be punished!
 
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SEPTEMBER 2009 

According to a report released  by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Kentucky is the worst state in the country when it comes to animal abuse.

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September 2009 ~ KNOX COUNTY:  Couple charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty

Animal control officers went to a residence and found numerous dead and malnourished animals on the property. At least one horse, rabbit, and cat were found dead, along with five dogs and three roosters. Officers seized 13 live dogs and 6 horses, many of which were malnourished.


Link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2664

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September 25, 2009: PIKE COUNTY ~ Dog fighting ring

Four dogs were seized by animal control officers from a residence in the Ferrells Creek area following an investigation of a possible dog fighting operation. The dogs had multiple bite marks and injuries.  Someone had filed the back teeth of one of the dogs to make them sharper. Three of the dogs may be adoptable, but one will probably have to be euthanized because it is too aggressive.  One of the adoptable dogs, named King, had been used as “bait” for the fighting dogs. He is healing from multiple injuries. Despite King’s history, he still craves affection from people. Four men were charged for operating a dog fighting rind and animal cruelty. One of the men is facing a class D felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The others are facing a class A misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

Link: https://mansbestfriends.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/dog-fighting-4-dogs-seized-in-kentucky/

 

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OCTOBER 2009 

According to a report released  by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Kentucky is the worst state in the country when it comes to animal abuse.

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 October 2009: GRAVES COUNTY ~ Pit Bull Owners Charged with Animal Cruelty

Animal shelter workers in Graves County removed more than 70 pit bulls from a residence and in a rural wooded area about two miles away. The dog owners were charged with 30 counts of animal cruelty, a felony. Thirty-eight of the dogs were adults. Many had bites and torn ears. One was missing an eye. At least 30 of the dogs had scars consistent with injuries from dogfighting or low weight indicating they were being trained for fighting. Information and paraphernalia  consistent with dogfighting were discovered during a search of the home. The owners of the dogs originally claimed they were running a rescue operation for pit bulls formerly involved in fighting. They later claimed they were breeding dogs. Police are trying to determine if dead pit bulls found in neighboring McCracken County are linked to the dog owners. The dead dogs had been tossed off a bridge into a creek near the Graves County line.

Link: http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/34103069.html

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NOVEMBER 2009 

There are some people who don't value life and if they don't value the life of animals, they're not going to value the life of anyone. ~Unknown Author

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November 6, 2009:  BATH COUNTY ~ Golden Retriever Shot and Hung

 
An apparent deliberate canine death is under investigation in Bath County.  An email was sent to news organizations claiming a dog had been hung from a barn. Officials say the dog, which was a mixed breed golden retriever, was shot. Animal activists in Bath County subsequently sent out a second email showing the dog hanging from a tractor. According to a Bath County animal control officer, "I can tell you that the dog didn’t die from hanging, it had a bullet hole in it." The dog had been shot in the leg. The owner of the dog claimed that he hung the dog on the tractor so whomever shot it could see that it was dead and to prove a point. The animal control officer said that was not a good way to make a point. "I don’t care if it’s alive or dead you, shouldn’t treat your animal like that. If somebody kills my dog, I’ve got more respect than that to hang it on the back of a backhoe." The main concern now is to find out who shot the dog. Under Kentucky law, shooting a dog is considered  a Class-A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $500 find.

 

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DECEMBER 2009 
 
Among Kentucky's weaknesses are its animal protection laws: the state has no provisions for the forfeiture of abused animals, no restrictions on the future ownership of animals for those convicted of cruelty to animals, no provisions to help offset the high costs of caring for abused animals, inadequate animal fighting provisions, and no requirements for mental health evaluations or counseling following a conviction.
 

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December 2009:  WARREN COUNTY ~ Adonis the Boxer Abused by owner

 

Animal control was called out to a residence in Bowling Green, KY. Adonis was found chained in the backyard with extensive injuries. As you can see from the photos, the dead tissue and infection has sloughed off, leaving open wounds, and Adonis' skull exposed.

 

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December 2009:  PIKE COUNTY ~  Miracle Burned with Hot Grease

 

Miracle was burned with hot grease. He also had two jaw breaks that healed without care and someone destroyed his eye and cut off his tail. This wee boy weighs only 15 lbs or so. He spent the first week in the hospital. He appears to be 1-2 years old.

 
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December 2009: Dog dragged behind vehicle

 

Tazzy is a very sweet Great Dane mix that was used for sport by her owner.  He liked to get high on drugs, then hit her with his vehicle. As her latest wounds can testify, this time he probably tied her to his vehicle and dragged her. Tazzy is presently at 60 lbs and should weigh well over 100 lbs.  She has old scars and wounds that attest to the fact this wasn't the first time she'd been put through such severe abuse.  Tazzy is a gentle animal that wags her damaged tail whenever you speak a kind word or give a soft pat to her head.

 

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December 2009: PIKE COUNTY ~ Dog Shot with Arrow

 

This Lab boy was found wandering along a road with an arrow through his chest. Someone had used him for target practice. "Arrow" suffered extensive damage to his chest muscles, had a partly deflated lung, and two broken vertebrae. He was taken to a vet and the arrow was removed. 


 

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 December 2009: Kentucky named the best state to be an animal abuser by the Animal Legal Defense Fund

“Based on a detailed comparative analysis of more than 3,800 pages of statutes, tracking fourteen distinct categories of provisions, the report recognizes the states where animal law has real teeth, and calls out those like Kentucky – the single worst in the nation again this year for animal protection laws – where animal abusers get off easy."

Here's a list of reasons from why Kentucky is so bad when it comes to protecting animals:

    Felony provision available only for cruelty against select animals
    No felony provisions for extreme neglect or abandonment
    Inadequate definitions/standards of basic care
    Principal protections apply only to select types of animals
    No mental health evaluations or counseling for offenders
    No cost mitigation & recovery provisions for impounded animals (e.g. cost of care bonds, other reimbursement of costs, liens, restitution provisions)
    No forfeiture of abused animals
    No restrictions on future ownership or possession of animals following a conviction
    Veterinarians are prohibited from reporting suspected cruelty or fighting
    No provisions for select non animal related agencies/professionals to report suspected animal abuse
    Inadequate humane agent provisions and no duty on peace officers to enforce animal protection laws
    No separate crime for the sexual assault of an animal
    No statutory authority to allow protective orders to include animals
    Inadequate animal fighting provisions

Link: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/year-end-study-names-2009s-five-best-states-to-be-an-animal-abuser/

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JANUARY 2010 

The tendency to cruelty should be watched in children and if they incline to any such cruelty, they should be taught the contrary usage. For the custom of tormenting and killing other animals will, by degrees, harden their hearts even toward man. Children should from the beginning be brought up in an abhorrence of killing or tormenting living beings. They who delight in the suffering and destruction of inferior creatures will not be apt to be very compassionate or benign to their own kind.  ~ John Locke

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January 2010:  PIKE COUNTY ~ Dog Victim of Abuse

A large, black, German Shepherd/Labrador Retriever-mix was found along the road with two broken legs filled with buckshot. The dog, now named Leah, had been there for several weeks. She is in critical condition and will require extensive orthopedic surgery to repair the damage caused by the abuse.


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January 2010:  PIKE COUNTY ~  Buster Redbone Coonhound [Mix] "owners" poured HOT water on him

 

Animal Control received a call about a dog that someone had thrown hot water on. When they arrived at the residence, they found the sweetest dog that just wanted someone to love him. Buster had been mistreated most of his young life, but he has so much love to give.

 

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 January 10, 2010:  MASON COUNTY ~ N.Ky. Man Charged With 30 Counts Of Animal Cruelty

Neighbors of a farm on Key Pike near Marysville, Kentucky called the sheriff’s department after seeing the bodies of six dead horses in a field. 150 horses and donkeys lived on the farm. According to a sheriff who went to the property to investigate the complaints, "There was no water out for the animals, very minimal water." There was hay and feed for the horses and donkeys on the property, but these were not accessible to the animals. The farm owner claimed he has been in poor health and that a hired hand was supposed to be taking care of the animals.  The sheriff commented that, "I don't believe economics is part of the problem here. I believe its just neglect of the animals," The owner was charged with 30 counts of cruelty to animals and six counts of failure to dispose of carcasses. The horses were allowed to remain on the property unless a judge ordered them elsewhere.

Link: http://speakupforhorses.blogspot.com/2010/01/mason-county-ky-january-2010.html

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January 2010: LOGAN COUNTY ~ Dog Shot, Kitten Decapitated at Shelter
 
Someone broke into the Logan County Animal Shelter through the back door and decapitated a kitten, leaving it on the floor. During that same night a Shepherd mix dog was shot.  According to autopsy reports bullets were found in the dog. The shelter director commented that, "I think these are sick individuals who are getting kicks out of killing animals."

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January 2010: DAVIESS COUNTY ~ David, Black Lab with bullet in his femur

A police officer found a black Labrador Retriever with a bullet inhis back right leg. The dog, now named David, did not put weight on it, but mostly walked on three  legs. David appeared to be 3 to 4 years old. He was taken to the vet by the police and his leg was amputated.


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January 2010: PIKE COUNTY ~ Lucy Jack Russell mom blinded by gunshot

The Pike County Shelter received a call about a dog that had been shot. The shelter director responded to the call and found that Lucy, who was pregnant, had been shot in the eye. The bullet went through Lucy's eye and came out behind her ear. Lucy went into labor and delivered  six healthy puppies. The monster who did this has not been found. 

 
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January 2010: WARREN COUNTY ~ Boxer Emaciated and Abused by Owner
 

BEFORE


Ruben's picture is enough to break your heart. It was a 10 degree snowy day when Ruben was found in this condition in an outdoor pen. He rushed him to the vet, where it was determined that this poor dog had received enough blunt trauma to his face to cause the massive swelling that you see in the picture. It is also believed that Ruben may have had a preexisting tumor that, when hit, ruptured Ruben's eye. Besides his horrendous eye injury, Ruben was SKIN AND BONES. 
 
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Ruben underwent emergency surgery during which his right eye was completely removed. We do not know how long this poor dog was made to suffer with this horrible injury, but we do know that he is safe now...he is warm, fed, and recovering.

 

 



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FEBRUARY 2010 

Cruelty has cursed the human family for countless ages. It is almost impossible for one to be cruel to animals and kind to humans. If children are permitted to be cruel to their pets and other animals, they easily learn to get the same pleasure from the misery of fellow-humans. ~Fred A. McGrand

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February 2010: GRAYSON COUNTY ~ Shelter Animals Abused and Killed

On the night of February 24th, 2010 a person or persons broke into the Grayson Humane Society shelter. After stealing the lock box full of money, the "people" decided to release the dogs from their kennel, took a very cat aggressive dog, locked her in the room with Athena and Darrell and let her kill them both. They then turned their attention to beating the dog close to death.

Darrell- Male R.I.P.  Darrell was a very handsome boy who was trapped and brought to the shelter so he could have a new beginning in life.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Athena- Female R.I.P. Athena came into the shelter  because her owner couldn't take care of her anymore due to medical reasons. She was waiting to be transported to a rescue.


 
 
 
 
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February 27, 2010: MENIFEE COUNTY ~ Animal Abuse Discovered at Car Wash
 

A patron at the 460 Car Wash in Frenchburg noticed what appeared to be stuffed animals in a bag in the facility's rafters. Further inspection revealed the remains of six cats who had been shot to death, two possums, a hog's head, a chicken and some unidentified animal bones.  According to Pam Rogers, HSUS' Kentucky state director, "These innocent animals were killed and discarded like trash, and deserve justice for the horrific suffering they surely endured. Their assailant, who is certainly a danger to animals, can pose a serious threat to people." 

Link: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/03/grocery-bags-of-dead-animals-found-in-kentucky-carwash.html

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February 2010: Bath County, KY ~ 14 Year old Shoots Dog's Leg

This beautiful Anatolian Shepherd, Anna, was shot by a 14 year old with a rifle. The shots shattered her rear leg into 15 pieces. OF COURSE, no one has identified the perpetrator and, given the abysmal record of county officials, it's unlikely Anna will ever see any justice for the crime committed against her.

 

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 February 2010:  CLAY COUNTY ~ Cops, kids attend cockfight

Camera footage from an undercover operation showed children and uniformed police officers attending a cockfight in Manchester, Kentucky. Cockfighting is a cruel blood sport that is illegal in Kentucky and every other state. The video showed roosters thrashing at each other in a cockfighting pit. As the camera panned to the crowd of dozens gathered, cheering for the birds, at least four law enforcement officers can be seen in the crowd. The manager of animal fighting issues for the Humane Society of the United States stated, "Kentucky police officers should not treat this criminal activity with a wink and a nod, and it's another sign that state lawmakers must act to strengthen the penalties for cockfighting."

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/24/kentucky.cockfighting/

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MARCH 2010 

One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it.” ~Margaret Mead

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March 2010: OHIO COUNTY ~  Mama Dog Shot & Killed

Some poor excuse for a human being shot and killed a mother dog, dumped her in a field, and left a cardboard box with her 8 newborns next to the body.

 

 

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March 2010: LAWRENCE COUNTY ~ Mom & Pups at Coal Mine in Desperate Need of Help!  
 
A dog, who had recently given birth to 10 puppies, was dumped at a coal mine.  She was very sweet and her  puppies were about 1-2 weeks old. They were located under a building at the guard shack. A man who worked at the mine had been taking the momma dog some scraps, but that was all she was getting to eat. Another poor female dog had previously been dumped at the same mine and had given birth to puppies. When the puppies got old enough to walk, the men working at the mine stomped them to death and took the momma dog out and shot her.

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March 2010:  LOGAN COUNTY ~ Another Killing at the Logan County Shelter


When the shelter director went to the Logan County Animal Shelter to pick up supplies,  she found a Basset Hound dead in the male runs behind the shelter, shot through the head. This type of behavior has got employees a little scared. "This isn't a single incident, but instead a pattern," said the shelter director, who is worried someone may be watching the shelter.


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March 14, 2010: SIMPSON COUNTY ~ Puppy Mill Raided

Animal Control and the Sheriff's office raided a suspected puppy miller in southwest Simpson County. Dogs were living in their own filth, covered with feces and mud, and having to fight each other for food. Piles upon piles of bones were found along with dead dogs lying out in the open. Thirty-two dogs were stuffed into a small space in horrible conditions. There were also nine horses on the property.

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March 2010: PIKE COUNTY ~ Dog With Gunshot Wound to Leg

Peek-A-Boo was pulled from the Pikeville County Animal Shelter. She had suffered a gunshot wound to the leg - one entrance wound and one exit wound above her paw. After x-rays, the vet found that the bullet around her elbow was embedded in the joint. He performed surgery and removed the 22 caliber bullet.
 
 

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APRIL 2010

Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life. ~Elizabeth Goudge

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April  2010: BULLITT COUNTY ~ Missing Dog Found on Lawn Wrapped in Duct Tape


A black and tan miniature Dachshund named Limo went missing from his own.  Three weeks later he was placed in front of his owners' home, dead with duct tape binding his back legs.  A necropsy was inconclusive due to tissue deterioration.  Blunt trauma could not be ruled out.

 

 

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April 2010: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Police looking for suspect in dog abuse case

A Pit Bull was found tied up, severally tortured and tossed away in a west Louisville alley. Police officers called to investigate found the animal with an electrical cord tied around its neck and a lower jaw completely displaced and fractured in half. A quarter-sized chunk was missing from the dog's tongue and his forelegs were covered with puncture wounds. The injuries were described as extremely painful and enough to cause the dog to be euthanized immediately.

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April 2010: TRIMBLE COUNTY ~  Dog Shot Through the throat!

This poor baby  is a very sweet and mild-mannered dog.  He was shot through his throat. The bullet exited below his eye.  His jaw is completely crushed. The vet who is treating the dog hopes that new bone will grow enough to help.  There was nothing to wire together, so the poor dog has to eat soupy food for several weeks to let the jaw mend itself.

 

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April 2010: FRANKLIN COUNTY ~ Dalmatian Shot in Face


A Franklin County Animal Control found an emaciated Dalmatian off the side of the road in rural Franklin County. The dog had seriously infected wounds on his face and was immediately taken to Franklin County Humane Society for treatment. Upon arrival, staffers discovered that the dog had been shot in the face with a gun, possibly a rifle. Shelter staff named the dog Bullet. Shelter officials said Bullet sat calmly as they removed the bullet and cleaned his wounds. Since no owner ever came forward, Bullet was transferred to the care of The Dalmatian Rescue of Southwest Virginia.

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April 27, 2010: HART COUNTY ~ Dog abuse allegations

Allegations of animal abuse have been made against a resident of Bonnieville who breeds dogs, including coonhound, beagles, and elkhounds. Witnesses, who want to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, claim the breeder has killed animals and let dogs feed off the carcasses. One of the witnesses took photos on the property. He claimed he saw dogs lying around dead. “There's two behind the shed and one in front of the dog kennel that was freshly killed that two other beagles ate.” The witness also claimed the breeder abused dogs on hunting trips. "He'd choke them down so bad he'd have to carry them out of the woods after he gets them choked down." When asked if the dog was dead, the breeder explained the dog was on his last leg. According to the reporter who saw the photos, "The pictures of alleged dog abuse are so horrific we can't show you all the images." Another witness claims she saw the breeder kill a dog. She allegedly saw 8-10 dead dogs on the property. "It was severe. Nothing, no feet were left. No paws or anything left on the feet. The guts were cut out." The breeder claims he trades dogs and denies accusations that he has harmed his animals. Kentucky State Police have been to the residence and said they saw no signs of animal abuse.

Link: http://www.wdrb.com/story/12387035/dog-abuse-allegations

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MAY 2010 

.Children who witness violence toward their family pet suppress their own feelings of kindness and tenderness toward a pet because they can’t bear the pain caused by their own empathy for the abused animal.

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May 31, 2010: WHITLEY COUNTY ~ Man Tortures and Kills Ex-Wife’s Dog

 

On Memorial Day police were called to a residence in Corbin, Kentucky, where a man lived with his ex-wife. While the ex-wife was in Ohio, she exchanged text messages with her ex-husband telling him she wanted to end their relationship. Later that day, she called her ex-husband. During the conversation, the man said, "Your dog’s acting weird" and that he should "finish her off." Minutes later, the woman received a text message that read, "Your dog’s dead." A message sent later read, "Princess is going out with the trash tomorrow and I'll be gone." The woman’s son found Princess' body in the yard beside the house. He cleaned her and wrapped her in a blanket. An autopsy indicated Princess died from blunt force trauma. The man was originally charged with a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge. However, that charge was upgraded to a felony following a July court appearance during which a Whitley County Assistant Attorney asked the Judge to amend the charge to a felony.

 

 Link: http://thetimestribune.com/local/x213893138/Animal-cruelty-case-waived-to-grand-jury

 

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JUNE 2010 

Unless we have courage to recognize cruelty for what it is - whether its victim is human or animal - we cannot expect things to be much better in the world.  ~Rachel Carson

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June 2010: BARRON COUNTY ~ BRAWA offers reward in dog cruelty case

Four dogs' lives were saved when they were picked up by the Barren River Animal Welfare Association after being dropped off on the side of the Road. All four dogs were infested with fleas and suffered from mange. Luckily the four dogs were rescued in time, unlike the five other dogs found dead on the same stretch of road.

 

 

 

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 June 2009: MERCER COUNTY ~ 14 neglected horses removed from farm 

Fourteen American Saddlebred horses were removed from a farm on Curry Pike in Harrodsburg after neighbors reported to police that the horses were being neglected. The emaciated horses included several pregnant mares, with last year’s weanlings at their sides. Several starved young stallions were found in the same pasture, running loose among the mares and possibly rebreeding with those who were not already in foal. The county animal control officer said the horses were not being fed. Most of the horses were also in dire need of farrier (horseshoeing) attention. Because the horses are being held as evidence, their hooves can't be trimmed and mended until the case proceeds through the court. The owner of the horses, a local developer, was charged with second-degree animal cruelty, which is a misdemeanor.

Link: http://articles.centralkynews.com/keyword/animal-cruelty

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June 29, 2010: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Dog Abused By Boyfriend

Lucy, a four year old Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix, was a victim of domestic violence. She was kicked  by a man following a dispute with his girlfriend. Lucy sustained a shattered femur and required four hours of surgery. She now has screws and plates in her leg. Her abuser has been charged with animal cruelty and torturing a dog, which is a class D Felony.

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JULY 2010 

Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man. 

~Arthur Schopenhauer

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July 2010: ESTILL COUNTY ~ Dog with Open Wound Left Outside Shelter

Gabriel was left at the Estill County Animal Shelter with a horrific open wound.  He was expected to suffer all weekend in the heat until a decision was made on Monday to determine his fate.  A member of the Shamrock Arrow Fund in Louisville heard about Gabriel’s condition and on Sunday drove to Estill County.  She found Gabriel lying outside next to the shelter with no shade and a severe wound to one leg. Veterinarians suspect Gabriel sustained a gunshot wound and possibly has mange. Gabriel underwent surgery and two pins were placed in his foot. 

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July 2010:  Yet another horrible abuse case

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his Doberman Girl,  now named Ella, lived with a family who once let a dog nearly drown treading water for days in their open septic system. She is just over a year old, and already has had litters of puppies. Ella spent three days trying to deliver a new litter, resulting in internal damage/infection. She was also starving (35+ lbs underweight). Ella tried to run away from her owners and jumped a chain link fence. She caught her foot in the fence and hung there; upside down, starving, with an injured leg and foot. No one helped her until someone called the dog warden, who said Ella was probably hanging from the fence for one or two days. Ella might lose her leg. She is filled with parasites and has heartworm. Two of her week old pups were found alive. Ella was tortured by the actions of her owners, whether by intent or ignorance.

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July 2010:  MARION COUNTY ~ Two Dogs Beaten

Cooper was brought to the shelter by Animal Control after they received a call that someone was beating two dogs. Sadly, Cooper’s brother was found dead in a creek close to where Cooper was tied up. They believe the brother was either drowned or beaten to death and put there. Cooper is a very sweet boy. He shows no signs of his  horrible past, but he does get down and hides his face if someone is loud around him.

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JULY 2010: PIKE COUNTY ~ Sweet Lab Used as Bait Dog

Dr. Billy, a sweet gentle black Lab, was discovered in a part of Pikeville that is known for dog fighting.  A portion of his mouth is gone on the left side of his face. It is believed this resulted from Dr. Billy possibly been used as bait for dog fight training.

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AUGUST 2010

The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, helpless, faithful animal race form the blackest chapter in the whole world's history.  ~Edward Augustus Freema

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August 1, 2010: JOHNSON COUNTY ~ Dogs Found Abandoned

Fifteen to twenty dogs were abandoned at a home in Paintsville, KY. Some were locked inside the house with no food or water, while others were outside with no shelter, food or water. Many were very skinny. Some of the dogs had mange, worms, anemia, flea infestation, broken legs, or old fractures that had healed without medical attention  A VERY, VERY pregnant beagle had NO MILK from lack of food/water. She also had a previously broken front leg that healed incorrectly.




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August 7, 2010: CASEY COUNTY ~ Kentucky Woman Arrested after more than 111 dogs found in home

More than 100 dogs were living in deplorable conditions behind a Casey County home.  Investigators also made a disturbing discovery, when they found about a dozen dead dogs lodged in freezers in the home. Volunteers found dogs living in feces and without food, water or bedding. Some dogs had lime and concrete matted into their fur, while others exhibited symptoms of extreme dehydration. Veterinarians and volunteers worked throughout the night to catalog and treat the dogs. One dog died shortly after arriving at the humane society because of severe dehydration. Two more died over the course of the next day. The woman at the center of the Casey County animal cruelty case had been accused of problems with animals in the past.

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August 8, 2010: PULASKI COUNTY ~ Man charged with torturing, killing puppy as children watched

A Pulaski County man tortured and killed a six month old puppy in front of several children. More than one child watched as the puppy's tail was cut off with a knife and it was squeezed and slammed onto concrete steps at a house. The man told officers the six-month-old Jack Russell Terrier was sick and he didn't have money to take it to a veterinarian. The puppy, which belonged to the man's girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter, died shortly after the incident.

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August 16, 2010: PIKE COUNTY ~ Puppies Dumped, Left to Die

Three tiny puppies  were dumped in Pike County in a remote location in a bag of Dog Food - No Water, and in the heat! A man checking gas lines in the area found the puppies. One was too sick  and had to be euthanized. Hannah and Honey, the two surviving puppies, are being nursed back to health by the Shamrock Foundation in Louisville. They are 8 to 9 weeks old and weigh just 1.2 lbs. These babies are very sick and require 24 hour care. They have mange, fleas, and were very dehydrated.


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August 19, 2010: TAYLOR COUNTY ~ Drunk Driver drags Dog to its death


A Kentucky woman was drunk when she dragged a dog for several miles behind a van. The dashcam of a Taylor County sheriff's deputy’s cruiser captured disturbing footage of a coonhound named Luke, as a black van van dragged him along US-68 near Campbellsville. When the driver was finally stopped, it was too late for Luke. He attempted to take five or six deep breaths. Two or three minutes later Luke passed away.  The driver had borrowed the van and allegedly never saw that Luke was tied to the back.

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The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.  ~Mark Twain

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September 3, 2010:  JOHNSON COUNTY ~ Dogs found starving at eastern Kentucky home

 

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to a home in the Sitka community to investigate an animal cruelty complaint. They found 12 dogs who did not have any water or food. Deputies say they also found one dog dead on top of a brush pile.  The dog had been partially burned, with the collar and leash still on. The dog warden was called in to remove the surviving dogs from the home. Seven of the dogs died while they were being transported to an animal shelter in Greenup County. Investigators don't yet know what caused the dogs to die.

LINK: http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/102978859.html

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September 7, 2010: CLARK COUNTY ~ Dog Dragging Case

A Clark County resident reported finding a seriously injured dog in their barn. The Clark County Animal Shelter director responded immediately and rushed the dog to the veterinarian, but the dog died shortly after his arrival at the veterinarian’s office.  The Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigated the matter and discovered that the dog had been dragged behind a car for more than a mile—from an elementary school to a home on Calloway White Road, where his body was left in the street. In spite of his broken bones and other horrific injuries, the pit bull apparently crawled from the road to seek refuge in the barn.

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 September 25, 2010: ANDERSON COUNTY ~ Anderson man charged with animal cruelty

An Anderson County man was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals after he was arrested on an unrelated warrant. Witnesses told the Anderson County sheriff's department that the man stomped on a puppy's neck and threw it into a fire pit. The incident occurred at the man’s residence on Dry Dock Road about five miles west of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The mixed-breed puppy was 8 months old and weighed 14 pounds. The puppy was buried on the property, but was exhumed as evidence. The man was charged  with animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Link: http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/franklin-county/article44053920.html

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September 29, 2010: JESSAMINE COUNTY ~ Neglected dogs, Dog fighting suspected

A member of the Jessamine County Sheriff’s office went to a residence  on Kissing Ridge Road to serve an arrest warrant. The person being served was not home, but the server found hungry, neglected, and dying animals on the premises. Eleven pit bulls, two Chihuahua mixes, 3 puppies, and a Jack Russell Terrier were found  in the garden of the house along with a treadmill, indicating the pit bulls were being trained for dog fighting. A puppy was found dead in the house. All of the dogs were taken to the Jessamine County, Kentucky SAVE Center, an animal shelter for dogs and cats in Nicholasville, Kentucky.  The animals were in very bad shape. The pit bulls were at least 15 pounds underweight. All of the animals were infested with fleas. The owner has been charged with second degree animal cruelty,

Link: http://abusedpets.blogspot.com/2010/10/neglected-dead-dogs-fighting-suspected.html

 

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OCTOBER 2010 

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity. ~George Bernard Shaw

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NOVEMBER 2010 

The first public protest against cruelty to animals, per Toynbee, a historian, was in 55 BC by the Roman people, to save the life of an elephant.  ~Godofredo Tutzin, Esq.

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 November 10, 2010: CLAY COUNTY ~ Suit Filed Over Extreme Animal Neglect by Officials in Clay County, Kentucky

 An outraged resident of Clay County filed a lawsuit against the  county for extreme neglect of animals at the county’s shelter. Although the state legislature provided the county three years to come into compliance with Kentucky’s Humane Shelter Law, the county failed to meet the minimal requirements. According to the complaint, the county shelter is woefully inadequate and many, if not most of the dogs, are housed in one large, open-air pen that does not protect them from the elements. The resident who filed the lawsuit said she saw filthy cages, dead and dying puppies, and dog food strewn amongst urine and feces. Animals were left without food and water over the weekend. In addition, the County has refused to adopt certain dogs to the public, keeping them at the shelter when adoptive homes are available. Nearly all of the cats have serious upper respiratory infections. None of the sick or injured animals receive veterinary care and they are often left to languish in their cages until they die or are euthanized
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Link: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/suit-filed-over-extreme-animal-neglect-by-officials-in-clay-county-kentucky/

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DECEMBER 2010

According to a report released  by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Kentucky is the worst state in the country when it comes to animal abuse.

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 December 2010: Five Best States to be an Animal Abuser -  Kentucky-the single worst in the nation for animal protection laws for the fourth year running!

The legislative weaknesses seen in the states at he bottom of the animal protection barrel include severely restricted or absent felony animal cruelty provisions, inadequate animal fighting provisions, and lack of restrictions on the future ownership of animals for those convicted of cruelty to animals.

Link: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/year-end-study-names-2010s-five-best-states-to-be-an-animal-abuser/

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FEBRUARY 2011 
 
Between the murder of an animal and the murder of a man, there's no more than ONE step!
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February 2011: GREENUP COUNTY ~ Extreme Animal Abuse

A retired police officer and U.S. Army veteran, who has seen a lot, was shocked by what he saw hanging from a tree near Whetstone Road in Greenup County. His daughter, who was with him at the time, also observed something hanging  and said, "I think it's a dog." Three animals were skinned and put on display for everyone to see. One looked like a golden retriever that had been running around in the area, but had "mysteriously" disappeared. The other two were carcasses. The Greenup county game warden had been in the area the previous day searching for reported illegal hunters and poachers.  He didn’t arrest anyone, but left his business card visible on a trail to warn people that he was watching. The dead animals may have been left as a message in response to the game warden’s business card. "I think he just made a statement by making this killing and putting it on display here at the road that he's going to do what he wants, when he wants, and kill whatever he wants, and no one is going to stop him."

 
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 February 2011: GREENUP COUNTY ~ Two More Dead Animals Found

Residents living on Whetstone Road in Greenup County found the bodies of a horse and a cow tied together to a tree in the woods. The horse was still wearing its bridle. It has not been determined whether the animals had been killed or starved to death. The Greenup County Sheriff plans to investigate this latest abuse of animals and hopefully will find the person responsible.

LINK: http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/Investigation_into_Animal_Cruelty_115326059.html
 
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MARCH 2011 
 
I believe in animal rights,
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 March 19, 2011: MERCER COUNTY ~ Malnourished horses on farm

Deputies went to a farm on Shakertown Road in Mercer County to investigate complaints of malnourished horses. Several horses were removed from the property. Eight of the most malnourished animals were left at the farm under the care of a Mercer County Road Department employee. One of the people assisting in the removal of the horses was the owner’s son. The owner, head of Central Kentucky Equine Rescue, was charged with 30 counts of first-degree animal cruelty and was prohibited from having contact with any of the animals. He pleaded not guilty to the charges after prosecutors agreed to reduce all of the charges to misdemeanors. The owner’s attorney requested that none of the horses be euthanized because they are evidence in the case. The Judge agreed and said none of the animals would be put down unless by order of the court. The owner of the horses also had horses on a farm in Lincoln County.

LINK: http://articles.centralkynews.com/2011-04-12/amnews/29412042_1_malnourished-animals-first-degree-animal-cruelty-horse-abuse-charges
 
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Shooting is the most common form of intentional animal abuse. ~Unknown Source
 
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APRIL 2011: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Dog shot and killed by police officer in backyard

Police officers were pursuing a home invasion suspect through a neighborhood in Louisville and ended up in the backyard of a residence where a six year old Doberman Pinscher named Rocco lived with his family. Rocco allegedly attacked the suspect and then turned on the police officers. One of the officers shot Rocco, killing him. The police officer claimed he shot Rocco to protect himself and the suspect. The homeowner, who had raised Rocco from the time he was three days old, said the officer’s explanation was ridiculous since Rocco was in his own yard and doing his job. Rocco’s owner said she heard barking and then heard two shots. When she opened the door Rocco was crying and there was blood everywhere. Rocco went inside his doghouse and died. Metro Animal Services came to remove the dog from the scene. The police department is supporting the police officer’s decision to shoot Rocco.

Link: http://www.dogmurderers.com/category/dogmurderers/page/6/
 
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JUNE 2011 
 
Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
 
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June 21, 2011: DAVIESS COUNTY ~ Dog Shot in Face

Daviess County Animal Control officers responded to a call on Popular Log Bridge Road and found an adult, male border collie who had been shot in the face and left for dead. The gunshot had broken the dog’s jaw and caused other severe injuries. The dog, now named Shamrock, was transported from Owensboro to Louisville and the Shamrock Arrow Fund assumed responsibility of his medical care.  Shamrock was in critical condition. “This beautiful animal has endured extreme and unnecessary suffering,” said Pamela Rogers, Kentucky state director for The Humane Society of the United States. The Arrow Fund sponsored the surgery to rebuild Shamrock's jaw.
 
 
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 June  2011: SHELBY COUNTY ~ Lab killed in backyard by deputy

A Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy was responding to a burglar alarm when he encountered Daisy, a Labrador Retriever, in the backyard of the residence. Daisy was allegedly aggressive and showing her teeth. The deputy claimed he had no way to exit the fence without being mauled or killed, so he shot Daisy, killing her. The Sheriff’s office supported the deputy’s decision to use a gun instead of a taser or pepper spay. Daisy’s family said they wished there was a different way to handle cases involving animals. The Sheriff responded that officers do not typically receive training for these types of cases.

Link: http://mudmosh.com/dog-shot-by-police-is-it-self-defense-or-animal-cruelty/
 
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June 2011:  OHIO COUNTY ~ Police Deputy Buries Dog Alive After Beating It

Highway workers in Ohio County found a dog that had been struck by a car on a highway near Beaver Dam and called for assistance. A five year veteran of the Ohio County Sheriff's department arrived on the scene and struck the dog on the head with a garden hoe, allegedly to put the dog out of its misery. One of the highway workers subsequently buried the dog, believing it was dead. Three days later a road worker found the dog alive, wandering the roadway in need of assistance, after apparently struggling out of the grave. The dog, now named Chance, was taken to a vet for medical treatment. Two month after the incident, misdemeanor charges of second-degree animal cruelty were filed against the deputy and the state worker involved in burying the dog. Following an uproar in social media, the state worker and the deputy were fired. Chance is expected to make a full recovery. She initially presented with a lot of problems and was stabilized over a few days. According to the vet who is treating Chance, "Her vision came back the fourth day. It’s pretty remarkable she survived any of the incidents, especially the burial."

LINK: http://www.copblock.org/5968/sick-puppy-cop-buries-dog-alive-after-beating-it/
 
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AUGUST 2011 
 
Animal cruelty simply means cruel unwarranted treatment of animals. Such treatment generally has a single point program - to subject animals  to unnecessary harm and pain. 
 
~Author Unknown
 
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August 11, 2011: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Dogs Abandoned in Residence

A resident of the 6800 block of Manslick Road called Louisville Metro Animal Services to file a complaint about an odor emanating from a neighbor’s house. When officers arrived, they were barely able to approach the property due to flea infestation. A search warrant was executed and three deceased dogs were found in the residence. The dogs had been abandoned by their owner and had been in the house for up to six weeks, causing their deaths. An arrest warrant was issued for the owner, who was charged with three felony counts of torture of a dog and three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

LINK: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2011/08/rewards__louisville_kentucky_cruelty_083111.html
 
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August 22, 2011: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Seriously Injured Pit Bull

A person called Louisville Metro Animal Services after finding a severely injured dog on the 1900 block of Shepherdsville Road.  Officers found the gray and brown pit bull hiding in the bushes, screaming in pain. Her skin was detached from her mouth, paws and legs, and blood covered her eyes. Her lips were torn and there was severe bruising near her back legs.  For humane reasons, the animal was euthanized. Preliminary necropsy results from the University of Kentucky Diagnostic Lab show that she was extremely burned.

Link:  http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2011/08/rewards__louisville_kentucky_cruelty_083111.html
 
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August 24, 2011: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Beagle with Embedded Collar

A Good Samaritan took a brown and white female beagle into Louisville Metro Animal Services’ Manslick location after finding her wandering in the 4100 block of Greenwood Avenue.  A collar was found deeply imbedded with duct tape around her neck. No Kill Louisville immediately offered to help by paying the veterinarian bills. Shelby County Humane Society has taken over medical and foster care. The beagle is doing well in foster care.

Link:  http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2011/08/rewards__louisville_kentucky_cruelty_083111.html
 
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NOVEMBER 2011 
 
Never believe that animals suffer less than humans. Pain is the same for them that it is for us. Even worse, because they cannot help themselves.  ~Sigmund Freud
 
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 Fall 2011:  RURAL KENTUCKY ~ Dog Beaten and left for dead on side of road

A woman was driving on a rural road when she saw two men with their truck pulled to the side of the road. The men had guns, which they were using to beat on something in the dirt behind the truck. Because she was afraid, the woman waited until the men left. When she returned to the scene, she discovered a purebred foxhound who likely had been abandoned and beaten because she had failed at her hunting duties. The woman took the dog, with one eye missing, broken bones, and a fractured skull that led to a traumatic brain injury, to Homeward Bound. Their veterinarian was able to heal the dog's physical injuries, but her emotional scars took a little more time. The dog, who was named Miracle, was placed in a foster home. "Even if you would talk at a normal volume, she would cower and shiver. She would pancake and not leave her spot on the floor." The foster parents also suspected that Miracle wasn’t fed regularly, because she would get very excited at mealtimes.

LINK: https://www.petsmartcharities.org/adoption-stories/miracle-overcomes-abuse-helps-others-recover-through-pet-therapy

UPDATE:  In April 2012, the foster parents officially adopted Miracle and she became a certified therapy dog.  Miracle brings comfort to people outside of traditional therapy settings, too. "Often handicapped children want to hug Miracle because she has one eye. A little girl, who was missing an ear, said she related to Miracle because she was missing something, too.
 
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November 14, 2011: CAMPBELL COUNTY ~ Animal Abuse Alleged at Local Animal Shelter

A former worker at the Campbell County Animal Shelter in Taylorsville, Kentucky claims he witnessed the brutal killing of dogs and cats, botched euthanasia and animals being buried alive. A letter written by an inmate at the Taylor County Detention Center, and former worker at the animal shelter, claims animals were mistreated, improperly euthanized, and buried before they were dead. The inmate, who is serving time for arson, spent months at the shelter on work release this spring. The inmate detailed his claims of botched euthanizations by shelter employees. "Sometimes they would bypass all that trouble and just shoot them. Some would stagger around falling and bumping into things, dying slowly." The shelter director denies the allegations, but the State of Kentucky and the Animal Legal Defense Fund haven't been so quick to dismiss the claims. One of the allegations in the letter was of animals that were thrown into the shelters incinerator, called the "eliminator," while they were still alive. In addition, the letter claims the shelter director was part of a mass euthanization of 39 animals on April 7. Because the shelter's incinerator was broken that day, the inmate says he was instructed to dig three mass graves with a backhoe in woods above the shelter and that some of those animals were buried while they were still alive. "They had us dump them in the holes.” Taylor County Judge Executive Eddie Rogers said he takes all claims of abuse seriously, but said the allegations are not true. The inmate’s letter ended up in the hands of the Kentucky EPS as a "complaint regarding improper disposal of animal carcasses. Two EPA investigators went to the shelter and "identified three separate areas in the woods near the shelter that appeared to have been recently disturbed." The shelter director admitted that the shelter euthanized 39 animals on one day and buried them in mass graves because the incinerator was broken, but claimed all the animals died humanely. If allegations are true, shelter employees, including the director, could be charged with animal cruelty and torture, both misdemeanors in the state of Kentucky.

LINK: http://www.wave3.com/story/16036165/animal-abue-alleged-at-local-animal-shelter
 
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November 2011 ~  PIKE COUNTY:  Former Deputy Judge Executive Charged with 100 Counts of Animal Cruelty

For the second time in less than a decade a former deputy judge-executive is accused of abusing dozens of dogs. Neighbors on Grapevine Road reported suspected animal neglect, resulting in an investigation by animal control officers. More than 100 dogs were removed from the home. The County Deputy Judge-Executive, who oversees the Pike County Animal Shelter, said the condition of these animals was heartbreaking. “Cages stacked on top of one another, fecal matter coming down the wire cages into the cages below. These animals, their fur was matted with filth. Their nails on their paws had grown so long that they would get entangled in the wire cages." The former county employee claimed he never hurt the animals and cared for them. The animals were given to him by people who now longer wanted them and he became overwhelmed. All of the dogs were surrendered to animal control officers.  More than 100 animals were removed from Good's property in 2004 as well. The former deputy judge executive admitted he is an animal hoarder. Update: The hoarder plead guilty to 120 counts of animal cruelty, but will not spend any time in jail. He was given two years probation. In addition, he is not allowed to own any animals and must perform 500 hours of community service at the Pike County Humane Society.

LINK: http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/Former_Pike_County_Deputy_Judge_Accused_of_Animal_Abuse_134192948.html
 
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DECEMBER 2011 
 
The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.  ~Ashley Montagu
 
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December 14, 2011: HENRY COUNTY ~ More than 200 Animals Seized from Hoarders

A husband and wife were accused of hoarding animals and operating a puppy mill out of their home in Campbellsburg, KY. Nearly 120 dogs, at least 25 cats, nine horses, 54 rabbits, guinea pigs, an owl and a hybrid wolf were all seized from the property. Many of the animals were blind, sick, injured, and hungry. Authorities said it was one of the worst cases of animal neglect they had ever seen.  Bond for the couple was set at $653. Despite the high number of charges, they were all  misdemeanors. The judge denied the prosecutor's request to increase the bond.

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December 25, 2011: HANCOCK COUNTY ~ Christmas Day Dog killings in Kentucky

Two dogs, a year old Great Pyrenees and a four month old German Shepherd Dog,  ran out of a garage when their owner opened the garage door on Christmas day.  A neighbor  subsequently shot and killed both dogs because they were allegedly chasing chickens on his property. The sheriff's office said the neighbor has shot and killed several other dogs on his property in the past. According to a Kentucky law (KRS 258.235) property owners have the right to protect their property and animals if threatened or damaged. As a result, the neighbor is not facing any criminal charges for shooting the dogs.

Video:
This is graphic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1sw3QTK40I&feature=share

LINK: http://www.14news.com/story/16394793/hancock-co-sheriff-neighbor-wont-face-charges-for-shooting-two-dogs

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December 27, 2011: Montgomery County ~ Billy Boy Killed in Trap

A beautiful, loving boy was savagely killed by a steel trap laid for the purpose of snuffing out some poor, wild creature. The trap was set in an area where children play and families walk/run their dogs. His very last moments were agony: From the moment he poked his head into that lethal device until he was gone maybe one minute elapsed. No creature deserves to die like that let alone a member of the family. Billy Boy was the embodiment of devoted love and loyalty.
 

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December 27, 2011:  MARION COUNTY ~ Abandoned Dogs

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December 31, 2011:  Boyle County ~  Dogs stolen, freed from Boyle Animal Shelter

Someone broke into the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society after the facility closed Friday evening and  let nine dogs out of their cages, including puppies and a large, friendly Pit Bull. Four of the dogs were found on the property. On Monday morning one of the puppies was found in a dumpster at a McDonald’s restaurant. The puppy had recently been spayed and had sutures in her abdomen. When found, the puppy was shivering and was having a difficult time breathing. One dog is still missing - an adult male Pit Bull named Johnny. The puppy found in the dumpster  was diagnosed with pneumonia, but has been adopted and is expected to make a full recovery.
 
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December 2011: Kentucky Ranked the best State to be an Animal Abuser 5th Year in a Row
 
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has announced that Kentucky, once again, had the notorious distinction of having the weakest laws of any state in the nation – a position it has held for the past five years. The fund said Illinois, with its strong animal abuse laws, was at the top of its list and Kentucky was at the bottom. The legislative weaknesses seen in the states at the bottom of the animal protection barrel include severely restricted or absent felony penalties for the worst types of animal abuse, inadequate standards of basic care for an animal, and lack of restrictions on the ownership of animals for those convicted of cruelty to animals.
 
 

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We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel,
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January 1, 2012 ~ HENDERSON COUNTY: Battered dog could lead to undercover dog fighting

On New Year’s Day a Pit bull was found lying in a field in Northern Henderson County. The male Pit Bull, who is now named Sammy, was suffering from injuries authorities believe are consistent with dog fighting. Sam, or Sammy weighed half of what he should and had multiple injuries ranging from tears, punctures, and an injured eye. Authorities believe Sammy was used as a "bait dog" which are used to entice other dogs in dog fights.

Link: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/01/reward_offered_henderson_01092012.html



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January 3, 2012: MARION COUNTY ~ Dogs Killed

Nine dogs were found shot in the head
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January 5, 2012 ~ HART COUNTY: Man Accused of Abusing and Neglecting Dogs

A man in Munfordville, KY was charged with 2nd degree animal cruelty after police went to his property  and discovered dead animals in cages, dogs in cages eating other dogs to stay alive, dog carcasses in the woods next to the house, and the remains of  animals that had been burned. Some neighbors said the smell from the house was awful and when some of the dogs got loose, they could  see every rib, every bone in their bodies. People had previously reported abuse at the residence, but no charges were filed because the claims were not substantiated.

------>Found this online:  Accusations made against same man in April 2010!  http://www.wdrb.com/Global/story.asp?S=12387035

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January 5, 2012 ~ Franklin County: Puppies found with umbilical cords attached in hoarding case

Thirty dogs, a mix of Shih Tzu and Maltese breeds, were seized from a home after neighbors complained the owner was hoarding them. One puppy was dead. The surviving puppies were so young they still had their umbilical cords attached. The adult dogs were extremely matted with feces. Police say they do not plan to press charges, saying animal control officers feel nothing criminal took place. This case is one of several  hoarding situations in the past few weeks. The Humane Society recently rescued 80 cats from three Frankfort homes.

Generally, animal hoarding is indicated by the accumulation of a large number of animals, overwhelming a person’s ability to provide minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation and veterinary care. ~ Dr. Derek Bergeron, psychologist for Texas A&M University Counseling Services
 
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January 6, 2012 ~Webster County: Puppy Stabbed with Pitchfork  
 
A family in Dixon County had a litter of ten puppies. One by one four of the puppies went missing. An anonymous caller contacted the Webster County Sheriff’s Department and reported the family’s neighbor, Andrea Searcy, was responsible for the disappearances. When a Springfield sheriff confronted Searcy, she readily admitted killing one of the puppies with a pitchfork and burning it. Searcy told authorities the puppies were in her yard. The family believes the three other missing puppies met the same fate. The six remaining puppies are now in a shelter. Searcy faces a charge of animal cruelty. The family hope she is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Kentucky Woman Admits to Stabbing and Burning Puppy
http://tristatehomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=480937

 
Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association considers animal cruelty one of the diagnostic criteria of conduct disorder.
 
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January 9 - 13, 2012 Hopkins County, KY: Animal Abandonment Incidents Reported in Hopkins

Between January 9th and 13th, several animals were found abandoned at a truck stop/travel center near the Pennyrile Parkway in Mortons Gap, KY. The animal were dropped off late at night or in the early morning hours when few people are around. Abandonment of animals, which is considered a form of 2nd Degree Animal Cruelty.  

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January 10, 2012 ~ Louisville, KY: Jeffersontown man charged with cruelty to animals

A man living in an apartment in Jeffersontown was arrested after neighbors called police and reported hearing the sound of a dog yelping. When police entered the apartment, the man’s girlfriend’s was washing the Boxer mix named Juba. The police said the man, Shawn M. Cardwell, was agitated and belligerent. He told police that the dog had gotten out of his cage while he was at work and made a mess of the apartment. The girlfriend told them that Cardwell had called her earlier in the day and told her to come pick the dog up before he either, "lets it loose or kills it."  Police found a cracked stick in the apartment with what appeared to be blood on it. Cardwell admitted hitting and kicking the dog. Juba was bleeding from his rear leg and his eyes were very red and bloodshot.  Both Juba and another dog were taken into custody by Metro Animal Services. Cardwell was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.

The line separating an animal abuser from someone capable of committing human abuse is much finer than most people care to consider. People abuse animals for the same reasons they abuse people. Some of them will stop with animals, but enough have been proven to continue on to commit violent crimes to people that it's worth paying attention to. ~ASPCA slogan

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January 12, 2012 ~ Nelson County: Face of Animal Abuse - Signs of cockfighting, dogfighting spotted in Nelson County
 
A Pit Bull with scars on its face, chest and legs was dropped off at the Nelson County Animal Shelter. Someone found the injured dog near Pottershop Road. There is no way of knowing who owned the dog.

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January 16, 2012 ~ Harlan County: Puppy Shot in Face
 
Two homeless puppies were left at a trailer park. One of the residents of the trailer park began feeding them. One morning he found one of the puppies under his porch. The puppy had been shot in the face. The Animal Control Officer picked up the puppy and was horrified by what he found. Gabriel had been shot in the nose and the bullet traveled downward and shattered his lower jaw. Gabriel was only 5 months old. WAGGING his tail the people at the shelter tenderly loved on him till he passed. One of the volunteers held him in her arms until he slipped from the pain of this earth. Gabriel is now across rainbow bridge to be free of this pain. The other stray puppy was surrendered to animal control because the trailer park resident was afraid the second puppy would meet the same fate as Gabriel.
 
 
This year we see many states and territories that are continuing to make outstanding progress with their laws. Unfortunately, there are still many places - Kentucky in particular - where the laws are incapable of providing the legal protections that our country's animals need and deserve. ~Stephan Otto, Animal Legal Defense Fund's Director of Legislative Affairs

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January 16, 2012 ~Jefferson County: Starved Dog

Louisville Metro Animal Services ~ My name is BANDIT. ID#A438015 - I am a neutered male, white and tricolor Great Dane mix. My age is unknown. I have been at the shelter since Jan 16, 2012.  - Going to rescue in New Jersey.





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January 19, 2012 ~ McLEAN COUNTY: Dogs and Cats Found Abandoned in Camper

 This little guy is one of four dogs removed from a small camper in Calhoun, KY. There were also seven cats. The owner is allegedly in the hospital and the animals were left to fend for themselves. The dogs were emaciated. They are receiving care and food. The cats are all underweight and not very socialized. They are getting friendlier, but most of them don't stand a chance without foster homes or people to sponsor them. 
 
 
You will not find accurate statistics on cruelty to animals. You might find hints and stories of abuse, but you will never really know how many animals suffer at the hands of man.

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January 19, 2012 ~ MARION COUNTY: Abandoned Dogs

Seven dogs were found in the area of Moore's Creek Road and Highway 289.

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January 19, 2012 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Man charged with animal cruelty after dog found tortured

A Louisville man surrendered a Cane Corso to Metro Animal Service and completed paperwork using a false name and address. He told police officers that the dog's purported owner was on home incarceration and that he was surrendering the dog on the owner's behalf. The dog had demodectic mange and was severely emaciated. The man has been charged with starving and torturing a dog and animal cruelty. The dog was euthanized due to the severity of the infection and malnourishment.

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 January 20, 2012 ~ WARREN COUNTY: Dog Severely Injured in Abuse Case
 
The Warren County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an animal cruelty case following the discovery of a small severely injured Pit Bull.  The dog/six month old pup was dragged behind a vehicle until the chain broke, causing extensive injuries to his head, sides and chest.  The dog, now named Malachi, lost between 30 and 50 percent of his skin during the incident and the wounds were covered in gravel.   
 
 
 
Suspect Arrested in  Animal Cruelty Case
http://surfky.com/index.php/henderson/244-local-bowling-green-top-news/9867-suspect-arrested-in-animal-cruelty-case


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January 24, 2012 ~ MARION COUNTY:  Abandoned Dogs

Five dogs were found in the area of Jim Brown Road and Highway 208.  Twenty-seven dogs were found in the area of Campbellsville Road/Highway 55.

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January 27, 2012 ~ MARION COUNTY: Dogs Being Dumped on County Line

Twelve dogs were found in the area of Moore's Creek Road and Highway 289. In the past 45 days, more than 130 dogs were dumped in remote areas in Marion County. The animals have been dropped off in groups of five to 27. Some of the abandoned dogs were hit by cars and others were found dead. One dog was so weak he couldn't stand. These dogs have been left in very rural areas where they don't know where they are and have no means of caring for themselves. This is not only inhumane, it's a crime that has seriously taxed the resources of the Marion County Animal Shelter, which is struggling to catch and care for all these animals. The Marion County animal control officer believes the dog dumping could be linked to recent claims that animals at the Taylor County Animal Shelter were buried alive in mass graves. Residents of Taylor County having been calling the Marion County Animal Shelter saying they don’t want to take dogs to the Taylor County Animal Shelter. Some people are choosing to  abandon their dogs at the Marion/Taylor line, causing the Marion County Animal Shelter to become overcrowded with dogs from both counties and forcing the shelter to euthanize more dogs than usual. By law the animal shelter has to keep the dogs for five days. Currently, there are about 100 dogs at the shelter.

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January 29, 2012 ~ MEADE COUNTY: Two Dogs Shot and Left Beside Road

Two Yellow Labrador Retrievers, who lived on a 200 plus acre farm with their family in Guston, KY were found fatally shot. Max and Sammy had been turned loose Sunday evening so they could get some exercise, as they were every evening.  When the family attempted to call the dogs home, they heard two gunshots from a wooded area.  The next day, after hours of searching, the family received phone calls from two strangers  who had  found the dogs' bodies and identified them from the names and phone number on their collars. The two dogs had been placed beside one another near Route 60 not far from the family’s home.  Max and Sammy had been given to the three children in the family by their father, an army veteran, before his last deployment to Iraq.  The sheriff believes the person who shot the dogs used a handgun.

Meade County Family's Dogs Shot To Death Near Home
http://www.wlky.com/r/30414102/detail.html


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FEBRUARY 2012
 
Animal rights advocates remind us of this admonition:
The ways in which people treat animals will be reflected in how people relate to one another.
 
~William Greider
 
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February 2, 2012 ~ CARROLL COUNTY - Dog Shot

 A family in Carrollton, KY is looking for answers in the shooting of one of their dogs. Moka got loose from her home and was subsequently discovered in a neighbor's driveway on Winslow Street.  She had been shot and suffered an injury to her back. According to neighbors, another dog and a cat in the area have also been shot recently. Moka is alive, but is paralyzed due to the back injury. She is unable to walk.

No Suspects After Dog Shot in City
http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/no-suspects-after-dog-shot-city


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February 3, 2012 ~ ROWAN COUNTY: Five Dogs Tied Up and Left for Five Days with No Food, Water or Shelter

The owners moved and left five dogs at rental property in Haldeman. KY. The landlord knew the renters had moved, but didn't know they had left all those animals behind. When the landlord went to check the property five days later, she discovered the abandoned dogs.

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February 5, 2012 ~ GARRARD COUNTY:  Dog Caught in Hunting Trap

Sassy, an 8 year old yellow Labrador Retriever who is an "outdoor dog", wandered away from her home.  The following morning Sassy’s family discovered that Sassy wasn’t in her dog house. The family searched and through binoculars saw that Sassy was on a rock ledge several feet above Herrington Lake. Workers from Camp Dick Fire and Rescue were called to help and discovered that one of Sassy’s paws was caught in a hunting trap.  Sassy was in the trap for approximately 18 hours. She was taken to the vet. The injury to her paw was deemed to be minor. Authorities in Garrard County are trying to  determine whether the trap was set legally.

Dog Safe After Caught in Hunting Trap

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UPDATE--->FEBRUARY 9 ~ Taylor County, KY: Doggie dumper arrested and charged with cruelty to animals: Taylor County woman charged with 23 counts of animal cruelty.
http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/doggie-dumper-arrested-and-charged-cruelty-animals

Christina Gribbins, the operator of "A New Leash Animal Rescue," allegedly collected dogs from surrounding shelters and rescue programs. She said she  became overwhelmed with too many animals and abandoned 23 dogs on Highway 412 in Marion County. "Instead of asking for help, she opted to go that route," the county sheriff said. "Gribbins should have contacted a local animal shelter for help. The real tragedy is that several of the dogs Gribbins dumped did not survive. Some were run over, and one froze to death."

Cruelty to animals in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor. The penalty for a Class A misdemeanor is up to 12 months imprisonment and up to a $500 fine.

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February 14, 2012 ~ GRAVES COUNTY: Approximately 100 Dogs Rescue from Alleged Dog Abuser Posing as a Rescue Organization

The Animal Rescue Corps along with the Graves County Sheriff's Department raided "Paws, Claws and More" animal rescue in Wingo, Kentucky and seized 96 starving and sick dogs. They also found nine dead dogs on the property. The animal were living in deplorable conditions. Responders to the scene found various breeds and sizes of dogs including hound mixes, Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Maltese, Pomeranians, a Rottweiler and many other breeds running loose among piles of debris and living in crowded, dilapidated pens and small filthy cages in several buildings on the property. Besides the dead dogs and dog bones scattered throughout the property and dogs consuming the remains, they also saw several dog bodies in burn piles. According to Scotland Haisley, the Animal Rescue Corps President, it was one of the worst cases of animal abuse that he had ever seen. “It was not at all a rescue organization. It wasn't a hoarder. It wasn't a puppy mill. It was a dog abuse case...The dogs had no access to food, water, or shelter. They were eating each other to stay alive.” All of the animals, dead and alive, were removed from the property and transported to an emergency shelter set up at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.  The owner of the rescue faces a single charge of second-degree animal cruelty, which is a misdemeanor. She surrendered most of the dogs.

Link: http://animalrescuecorps.org/2012/02/operation-sweethearts-wingo-ky-pr/

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UPDATE--->February  23 ~ Montgomery County:  Man Accused Of Setting Traps That Killed Two Dogs Pleads Not Guilty In One Case
http://www.lex18.com/news/man-accused-of-setting-traps-that-killed-two-dogs-pleads-not-guilty-in-one-case/

Gregory Tyra , who is accused of setting animal traps that killed two dogs in two different counties, pleaded not guilty to a charge of setting a trap on a public street in Montgomery County that killed a dog named Billy Boy.  Tyra admitted to setting animal traps in Garrard Park in Bourbon County that killed another dog.
 
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February 26, 2012 ~ Floyd County: Dog Tortured and Killed

Christopher Mullins, 21, of Prestonsburg, shot a dog with a crossbow and poured bleach in the dog’s wound, which resulted in the dog’s death. A woman witnessed the dog being killed. Mullins was arrested and charged with torturing a dog to death. He was also arrested for terroristic threatening and harassment  after he  followed, called, and texted the witness, threatening to kill her and her minor son. Torture of a Dog or Cat is typically a Class A misdemeanor, though when it involves the death of a dog or cat, it becomes a Class D felony. Terroristic threatening and harassment are both misdemeanors.

Prestonburg, KY:  Man charged with torturing, killing dog

http://floydcountytimes.com/bookmark/17680880

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February 29, 2012 ~ Hardin County: Dog Shot in Head with Arrow During Burglary

A man came home early from work during a severe storm and discovered that his home had been ransacked and his dog shot with an arrow. The Pit Bull named Storm, who was in a cage during the break-in and shooting, had an arrow sticking out of his head just over his right eye. The homeowner immediately took his dog to a local vet. Storm walked into the office wagging his tail. If the bow had had more poundage, Storm would have died. The arrow came within millimeters of Storm's brain. The vet removed the arrow surgically and Storm is expected to make a full recovery.

Rineyville, KY: Dog survives being shot in the head with an arrow
http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Rineyville-dog-survives-being-shot-in-the-head-with-an-arrow-141128393.html

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 MARCH 2012
 
To educate our people, and especially our children,
to humane attitudes and actions toward living things is to preserve
and strengthen our national heritage and the moral values we champion in the world.
 
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UPDATE--->March 2 ~ PIKE COUNTY:  Guilty plea in eastern Ky. animal cruelty case
http://www.necn.com/03/02/12/Guilty-plea-in-eastern-Ky-animal-cruelty/landing_nation.html?&apID=969b02b7f24e4ea1906467093908cdbd

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March 6, 2012 ~  ROCKCASTLE COUNTY: Dog Intentionally Shot, "Family" Fails to Seek  Medical Care

This is sweet Boston...he crossed the rainbow bridge today. A member of The Way Home Rescue Alliance picked up Boston on Tuesday in Rockcastle County. Boston had been shot some time ago and over time had developed a severe systemic infection and quit eating. When he was picked up and taken immediately to the vet, he was skin and bones. His owners knew he had been shot and that he was progressively getting worse, but chose to ignore him and his urgent medical needs. They allowed him to suffer over several weeks, getting attacked by the other dogs in the area that run loose (there were scars and fresh wounds on his body) and letting him starve. Bostonwas too weak to fight back... TWHR did not find out about Boston until Monday night and immediately went and got him Tuesday. The vet did everything he could to get Boston stabilized and get him back on the road to recovery, but Boston was getting worse with treatment and he was too far gone. He was suffering, so they sent him to be at peace over the rainbow bridge. Boston didn't need to suffer anymore than he already had.

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March 11, 2012 ~ GALLATIN COUNTY:  One 100 Animals Seized from Home in Sparta

The Gallatin County Animal Shelter seized more than 100 animals from a woman's home on Highway 42 in Sparta, KY. Among the seized animals were 20 dogs, 76 chickens and seven turkeys. Neighbors stated the woman would often leave the dogs tied to trees for days. According to an animal control officer, the animals were in bad shape. "Some of them were just standing there in mud holes and they were all wet. Some of them were real thin." One of the dogs died after being rescued. In January 2011 seventeen dogs were taken from this same woman after animal control officers found the dogs chained to trees in freezing temperatures.

Gallatin Co. animal shelter seizes more than 100 animals from one woman
http://www.fox19.com/story/17133040/animal-shelter-seizes-more-than-100-animals-from-one-woman


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March 15, 2012 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY:  Two Pit Bulls Confined to Pantry

Drug and animal cruelty charges were filed against a Louisville couple accused of trafficking drugs near a licensed daycare and keeping two dogs confined to a kitchen pantry. Police executed a search warrant at the home and found two pit bulls inside a small, cramped pantry that was covered with feces.

Louisville couple faces drug, animal cruelty charges
http://www.wave3.com/story/17168333/louisville-couple-faces-drug-animal-cruelty-charges

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March 17, 2012 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Dog Beaten and Abused
A black and white pit bull terrier mix was found on a road in the Valley Station area of Louisville in late February badly beaten. The female dog, who has been named Blessing, had a severe skull fracture and had been shot in the head four times by a pellet gun.  The trauma was so severe rescuers believe that the skull fracture was not caused by a kick, but  from an object like a baseball bat or a stick. Blessing is slowly recovering in a foster home.
Louisville, KY:  Reward offered in animal abuse case of Blessing
http://www.wdrb.com/story/17182671/reward-offered-in-animal-abuse-case-of-blessing

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March 21, 2012 ~ HARDIN COUNTY: Vine Grove Couple Faces 89 Animal Cruelty Charges

<div class="source">Neal Cardin</div><div class="image-desc">A female chihuahua rescued Wednesday from a suspected puppy mill in Vine Grove looks from its cage at the Hardin County Animal Control complex waiting for food and water.</div><div class="buy-pic"><a href="http://web2.lcni5.com/cgi-bin/c2newbuyphoto.cgi?pub=053&amp;orig=321puppies6.jpg" target="_new">Buy this photo</a></div>Hardin County Animal Control, Vine Grove Police and numerous volunteers rescued approximately 100 dogs from a trailer in Vine Grove, KY. A phone tip to animal control initiated the raid. When officials went to the home, they discovered dogs without water and in a room with a temperature around 80 degrees. Some of the pups were a little lethargic and some dogs were dead. About half the dogs that were seized are younger than 8 weeks old, and  some of their nursing mothers are in bad shape. While the owners' claim the dogs were their children and all had names, clothes, and beds, one of the rescuers commented that one nursing mother was very thin...you could count every rib and her backbone was showing. "She was living in feces and urine...she also had a dead puppy in her cage with her. This is the face of a puppy mill." Officials stated this was the biggest puppy mill bust in Hardin County history. The couple has been charged with 89 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals - a Class A misdemeanor - punishable by up to one year in jail.

Vine Grove, KY: Suspected "puppy mill" busted: Vine Grove couple face 89 charges of cruelty to animals
http://www.wlky.com/news/30732638/detail.html


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UPDATE--->March 23, 2012 ~ New Castle, KY: Animal cruelty suspect pleads guilty
http://www.wave3.com/story/17210015/animal-cruelty-suspect-pleads-guilty

The woman charged with more than 200 counts of animal cruelty in Henry County has pleaded guilty to one count during what was supposed to be a pre-trial conference. She is still asking to keep two horses and two dogs. That decision is up to the judge. The animals are still housed with fosters and rescues. Sentencing is scheduled for April 16.


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March 23, 2012 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: POSTED ON CRAIGSLIST - FOUND WHITE MEDIUM DOG STRANGLED TO DEATH (VALLEY STATION)

This morning my 3 year old looked out the window to see a dog laying in the road near our yard. My husband went outside to look. The dog had been strangled to death. So much force was used that the dog’s eyes were bulging from it’s head and it's neck were a bloody mess. Dog looked to be a larger Beagle mix...around 40-50 lbs. white with spots (but mainly all white). The police are now involved and reports have been filed. Metro animal services have retrieved the body. Dog was dumped in the Leemont Acres area of Valley Station. If anyone has any information as to who the owner may be or who may have been responsible for horribly murdering this helpless animal a reward will be given. Please people keep your dogs indoors or under constant watch.

Reply to: gkrkr-2918269633@comm.craigslist.org
http://louisville.craigslist.org/pet/2918269633.html

Valley Station is where Blessing was found --->Louisville, KY:  Reward offered in animal abuse case of Blessing

http://www.wdrb.com/story/17182671/reward-offered-in-animal-abuse-case-of-blessing


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UPDATE--->March 23, 2012 ~ PENDLETON COUNTY: Falmouth, KY: Charges Against Pendleton County Dog Owner Dropped - Owner Agrees To Keep Fewer Than 10 Dogs
http://www.wlwt.com/news/30748091/detail.html

A woman will not face charges after nearly 90 animals were found in a warehouse last year. The animals were seized from Carletta Chaney in April 2011 after complaints about the smell from her facility. Chaney admitted that she didn't have a license, but had been in operation for several years and had adopted out many animals. The charges have dropped in exchange for a guarantee from Chaney that she will not keep more than nine dogs at a time.
 


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APRIL 2012
 
Intellectually, human beings and animals may be different,
but it's pretty obvious that animals have a rich emotional life
and that they feel joy and pain. 
 
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April 20, 2012 ~  Franklin County: Residents Complaining About Chained Dogs and Malnourished Horses

 Franklin County animal lovers have called and emailed  local authorities and animal control officers about chained dogs and horses with their ribs sticking out at a residence on St. Johns Road.  The horses, chickens, llamas and about a dozen pit bulls belong to Sandra and William Coy, who have a long history of animal cruelty charges. According to officials, there’s nothing illegal about how the Coys are caring for their animals. According to officials, "The way Kentucky laws are written the condition of the animals is not at the point where it’s criminal." 

An animal control officer, the Franklin County Humane Society Director and a state livestock investigator have been to the property. Although the horses looked skinny, the livestock investigator said they were "healthy by Kentucky standards."

In early 2009, the couple was charged with animal cruelty in the second degree. Before coming to Franklin County, the Coys faced similar charges in LaRue County. They were forced to leave the county in August 2007 after authorities seized more than 40 dogs and puppies from their home. Eleven of those dogs later died. The Coys were also reportedly convicted of harboring a vicious animal in 2003 and five counts of allowing dogs to run loose in 2006 in LaRue County.

Residents cry cruelty, officials can't help

http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5180923

 

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MAY 2012
 
The person who kills for fun is announcing that,
          could he get away with it, he'd kill you for fun.

 
~Brigid Brophy

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May 18, 2012 ~ HENDERSON COUNTY: Abused and Starved Beagle

This extremely frightened, and VERY skinny female Beagle was found in the road (Drury Lane). A male pulled up in a large white van, get out, opened the rear door, grabbed this poor girl by her head, and tossed her in the parking lot at the humane society.  A witness took screen shots with her phone camera.  SOMEONE OUT THERE MIGHT KNOW WHO THIS IS!! No animal deserves what this poor girl went through! This is what they are fighting every single day in Henderson County.



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JUNE 2012
 
Wild animals never kill for sport.
Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
 
~James A. Froudes

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June 14, 2012 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Abused pit bull puppy euthanized; abusers sought

An abused pit bull puppy was found Tuesday outside Louisville Metro Animal Services location on Manslick Road.  Chef, an 8- to 10-week-old, blue and white Pit Bull puppy was found septic and weak outside the shelter. A blue solution was all over her and her leg had been mauled. Attempts to save Chef were unsuccessful and she was euthanized.

http://www.wdrb.com/story/18779310/group-asks-for-help-to-find-out-who-abused-a-puppy

Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others. ~Cesar Chavez
 
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Three Teens Charged with Animal Cruelty: Trio allegedly stole a kitten and killed it (June 15, 2012)

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June 15, 2012 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Louisville man kills cat with broom
 
A Louisville man is facing several charges in the beating death of a cat. The man admitted striking the animal three or four times with a broom. He subsequently left his apartment and when he returned he struck the cat again with the broom and then kicked it to see if it was still alive. The man said he was upset because the cat jumped on a chair, knocking another cat to the ground. Following the arrest, Metro Animal Services seized several other cats from the apartment.T
Louisville man accused of killing cat with broom  (June 2012)
http://www.wave3.com/story/18798761/louisville-man-accused-of-killing-cat-with-broom


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June 20, 2012 ~ CRITTENDEN COUNTY: Dog Shot in Eye

Marion, KY: Dog in Crittenden County Animal Shelter - Charlie 1 year old Female Lab/Great Pyrenees Mix Large Female. Was shot in the eye, Very sad dog who needs help. Definitely needs help. UPDATE: Charlie went to Big Fluffy Dog Rescue and is doing great!




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Police: Man Claims God Told Him To Kill Dog,  Friends (June 2012) 
http://www.lex18.com/news/police-man-claims-god-told-him-to-kill-dog-friends

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JULY 2012
 
From beasts we scorn as soulless - In forest, field and den
- The cry goes up to witness - The soullessness of men.
 

~M Frida Hartley
 
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Abused dog found with tail cut off, leg mauled in Bell County, Ky (July 2012)
http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Abused-dog-found-with-tail-cut-off-leg-mauled--161196755.html

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July 2012 ~ ROCKCASTLE COUNTY: Dog shot in the head recovering with veterinarian

A dog, who was shot in the head and survived, is now recovering with a London veterinarian after he was found in Rockcastle County. The vet believes the dog had been shot running away. "The bullet actually went in the back of his head and came out of his face." The horrific injury left the dog looking like a Franken dog. The dog underwent surgery to literally put part of his had back together. The surgery was successful.

Link:
http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/Dog_shot_in_head_Lincoln_Rockcastle_County_161570175.html


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AUGUST 2012
 
The fact that man knows right from wrong
proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures;
but the fact that he can do wrong
proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot. 
 
~Mark Twain 
 
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Franklin County couple charged with animal abuse  (August 2012)
http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Franklin-County-couple-charged-with-animal-abuse-166669936.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

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August 2012 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Louisville, KY: Police make arrest in dog fighting investigation ~ 5 dogs, 15 puppies seized 

 

 Animals were seized and a suspect was arrested in what authorities believe is a case of dog fighting. After conducting an investigation, Metro Animal Services seized at least 20 dogs, some of which were badly injured. One female dog had multiple open wounds, two of which went down to the muscle. The dog also had scarring from previous injuries. Two other dogs had injuries consistent with dog fighting. The suspect faces eight charges.

 

LINK: http://www.wlky.com/news/local-news/louisville-news/Police-make-arrest-in-dog-fighting-investigation/-/9718340/16189604/-/hjjrom/-/index.html

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NOVEMBER 2012
 
 There are some people who don't value life and if they don't value the life of animals,
 they're not going to value the life of anyone.
 
~Author Unknown

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November 2012 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Louisville, KY: Man accused of beating a cat to death, fleeing from police

http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Man-accused-of-beating-cat-to-death-177265591.html

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November 2012 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Louisville man charged after dog found with melon-sized tumor/Collar embedded in dog's neck
 
A Louisville man was charged with cruelty to animals after police found a dog chained up in his back yard with a collar embedded into its flesh. The man's mother allegedly told police that the dog had been in that condition for "a couple of days." At the time police found it, the dog was chained to a non-working trolley and had no access to water. When the dog was taken to a vet, maggots were discovered in the wound and the collar had been embedded several inches. "The vet stated that it would have taken several weeks for the collar to embed that deeply,"  A melon-sized tumor was located on the dog's body. The vet had advised removing the tumor in Dec. 2011. The dog was also infested with heartworms, hookworms, whipworm and tapeworms.
 
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DECEMBER 2012
 
Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test...
consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.
 
~Milan Kundera
 
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December 4, 2012 ~ DAVIESS COUNTY: Dog Dragged Behind Truck!
 
 
This dog is lucky to be alive. Witnesses said that he was tied to a truck and dragged almost a mile - all the while, the driver KNEW THE DOG WAS THERE! The dog is approximately 1 year old and was picked up in the Hamilton Ferry area.
 
 

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 JANUARY 2013
 
If you don't like seeing pictures of violence to animals being posted,
you need to stop the violence, not the pictures.
 
~Johnny Depp
 
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Two puppies STOLEN from  adoption center. They suspected that the thief may have been planning to sell them. The puppies are both males. The individual who stole them asked to see the puppies and before they knew it he hurried out the door with both of them. The rescue who had the puppies have had these babies since they were 2 weeks old. After much cross-posting and media exposure, the puppies were returned unharmed.

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 FEBRUARY 2013
 
The protection of the innocent is not just the right of every creature,
but ensuring it is so, is the unavoidable duty of every human being.
 
~Skye Ryan Evans
 
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Officials Return to Woodford County Farm Where Dozens of Dead Animals Found (February 2013)
http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Investigators-back-at-Woodford-Co-farm-where-16-horses-were-found-dead-193319931.html

Woodford County, KY: Dozens of dead animals found inside Kentucky barn 
(February 2013)
http://www.local12.com/guides/petcare/story/Dozens-of-dead-animals-found-inside-Kentucky-barn/4J8w7-xcTkS8FmbKJ1ZStg.cspx?rss=31


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February 25, 2013 ~ MCCRACKEN COUNTY: McCracken Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

 An investigation by McCracken County Animal Control led to the arrest of a McCracken County man on charges of animal cruelty.  Animal control officers responded to complaints of a neglected horse and discovered the horse was emaciated and tied to a log with no access to food, water, or shelter. Additionally, multiple dead chickens were located in the yard, in cages and other locations on the property. A dead calf was located in a stock trailer.
The horse was seized by animal control and taken to a secure location for treatment.

 
 
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 MARCH 2013
 
My heart breaks, and my soul weeps, when witnessing cruelty to any living being.

~Anthony Douglas Williams
 
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March 12, 2013 ~ Jefferson County: Dog Shot
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March 2013 ~ Frankfort, KY: Puppy left in box (near river!) sparks investigation

She was literally only feet from the animal shelter yet dumped this baby on the river bank.  You can see the kennels just past her SUV in the surveillance video.


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 APRIL 2013
 
All the arguments to prove man's superiority can not shatter this hard fact:
In suffering, the animals are our equals. 

~Peter Singer
 
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April 2013 ~ BELL COUNTY: Kentucky teens told police they shot cows out of boredom

Twenty-four animals were killed on four Bell County farms over the course of three days by four teenagers. When the Bell County Sheriff asked point blank, "Why would you do such a horrendous act? These are big gentle animals, harmed nobody," the teenagers responded, "We just didn't have anything else to do that day."
 

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April 2013 ~ WOODFORD COUNTY: Versailles, KY: Woodford Co. Animal Control Rescues 19 Cats From Hoarder

http://www.lex18.com/news/woodford-co-animal-control-rescues-19-cats-from-hoard/
 
Woodford County Animal Control took 19 cats from a Versailles woman, saying she and the animals were living in horrific conditions. The woman won't be charged. She called animal control herself to get help.  Five weeks ago, the humane society took in 14 dogs and five cats from another animal hoard.

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 JULY 2013
 
All the arguments to prove man's superiority can not shatter this hard fact:
In suffering, the animals are our equals. 

~Peter Singer
 
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July 2013 ~ DUCT TAPED AND LEFT TO SUFFER!

 "FRODO"- This boy was found this way. He underwent life saving surgery due to bite wound from behind which detached top of muzzle and detached both canines which embedded in mouth with bones fragments attached and infection has set in. He needed this surgery to be able to eat. He has bite wounds throughout his body - chin, scrotum, legs, ear, etc... Bad infection in front leg with actual bone infection. His back leg has been broken for a while and has atrophied with new wounds from recent attack. This leg will be amputated. This boy was in extreme pain. He seemed so sad but when he was told him that nobody was ever going to hurt him anymore and petted, "He lit up"! It was like - Is someone actually being nice to me ????

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=446163538815155&set=a.390861167678726.84408.364794080285435&type=1&theater

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 AUGUST 2013
 
The protection of the innocent is not just the right of every creature,
but ensuring it is so, is the unavoidable duty of every human being.
 
~Skye Ryan Evans

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August 09, 2013 ~ HENDERSON COUNTY:   26 filthy dogs rescued from barn in Kentucky

Dozens of Airedale Terriers were removed from filthy conditions at a Kentucky home. Bones of 30 dead dogs were also found on the property.   Animal Control officials, acting on a search warrant, discovered 26 dogs in what they said was one of the worst cases they had ever seen. Authorities were tipped off by a concerned citizen who wished to remain anonymous. Each pen contained numerous dogs of both sexes that had not been spayed or neutered. While each pen had a watering system, it was in such disrepair that the animals had no access to fresh, clean water, according to the complaint. The Airedale Terriers were stuck in a black sludge of feces, stuffed several per kennel inside a pole barn, and they were likely the lucky ones. Eighteen of the dogs were extremely emaciated, according to the complaint. All the dogs were anemic due to whipworms and hookworms. The majority of the dogs also had ear and eye infections and had hair matted with feces. The dogs ranged in age from one year to eight or nine years old. One dog was missing half of his face. Officials say it could have happened from being attacked or repeated attempts to escape the pen. Another dog had a broken leg that had never been treated. The couple was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty and neglect. A neighbor said she can rest easier knowing one thing, “The fact they found all of those skeletons of those dogs, the condition of the dogs, I can’t imagine any count ever letting him be able to breed dogs again. I know he’ll never get those dogs back again."
 
 
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 SEPTEMBER 2013
 
The more helpless the creature,
the more that it is entitled to protection by man from the cruelty of man.

~Mahatma Gandhi

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September 2013 ~ MASOn COUNTY: Severely emaciated NKY dog brought to Louisville for treatment

 
This female dog was found abandoned in an overnight drop at the Mason County Animal Shelter in Maysville. Besides being malnourished, she was infested with fleas and has a congenital heart defect. According to the vet who examined Cher, "This is about as bad as you get without getting ready to start to die."
News Article: http://www.wlky.com/news/local-news/kentucky-news/severely-emaciated-nky-dog-brought-to-louisville-for-treatment/-/9718420/21964382/-/11rm42n/-/index.html

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September 2013 ~ MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Mt. Sterling Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend's Dog

A woman found her 5-month old Jack Russell terrier lying in the front yard suffering from injuries police say are consistent with its head being stomped on. Officers had been to the house twice that day, the first time after the woman and her boyfriend had an argument and again after the boyfriend called the woman and said not to worry about the dog which they jointly owned, because he was going to take care of it or kill it. It took the police 14 months to charge and arrest the boyfriend for killing the dog. After the boyfriend was arrested, the woman claimed the dog died after being struck by a vehicle and that she and her boyfriend had decided to euthanize it after taking the puppy to the vet. Mt. Sterling police say they never heard those claims. The 911 call audio tape has the girlfriend saying, "I come back and he killed the dog." The arrest warrant states that the dog died after a period of prolonged suffering.
 

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September 12, 2013 ~ JEFFERSON COUNRTYLouisville, KY: Fish Hook in Anus of Cat

This sweet cat, who has been named Mama Mia, was found at a nearby lake with a fish hook in her anus. This was not an accident. They believe someone put the hook in her because it was too large for her to have swallowed and passed through without tearing her insides up. She was taken to a vet and X-rays revealed Mama Mia was pregnant. This was not an accident.  Mamma Mia underwent emergency surgery to remove the fish. She subsequently delivered four healthy kittens and will be up for adoption after her kittens are weaned.

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 September 25, 2013 ~ Clay County man beats kitten to death

A 23 year old man beat a kitten to death with a baseball bat while under the influence of drugs after his mother locked him out of the house. When arrested, the man said he enjoyed it and "pictured them to be humans."

News Article: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/09/28/2848964/clay-county-man-beats-kitten-to.htm

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September 25, 2013 ~ Gallatin County: Dog Abandoned by  Family

This poor, poor dog was found by an Owen Electric worker when he visited a property. The owners had moved out from well over a month ago. This worker found an emaciated Doberman Pinscher caged in an outside kennel with no food and no water. She was locked in this pen and had no way to get out. He contacted the Animal Control Officer and she was taken to the shelter. She was SEVERELY emaciated, could no longer stand on her own, and had pressure sores on her body because of it. She had ulcers inside her mouth, eye infections and everything else you can imagine from not being given even a teaspoon of food or water for many, many days. A WONDERFUL Rescue Group, SAAP, has taken this dog in and will try to save her life.

FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=699532983408543&set=a.161640523864461.41977.155543664474147&type=1&theater

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October 25, 2013 ~ Estill County KY - Emaciated Dogs 

Deputies took animals from an Estill County man now facing animal cruelty charges. CHANNEL 18 COVERING ANIMAL ABUSE CASE???

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.532956073461552.1073741835.367707186653109&type=1


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November 8, 2013 ~ Henderson County, KY - Rottweiler with Severe Case of Demodectic Mange and Possible Chemical Burns

Sabrina, a female Rottweiler, was found by Henderson County Animal Controly. Her entire face and legs shows scarred and burned-like skin in one of the worst cases of untreated demodectic mange. Vets confirmed that for demodectic mange to become this severe would have taken months! An investigation is still underway, but the person responsible for this horrid neglect has been found.

READ HER FULL STORY: http://hendrickboards.com/s/sabrina
 
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November 12, 2013 ~ Pulaski County, KY - Dogs Shot in Head

This female Border Collie mix was hanging around a gas station with two other dogs. When a woman followed the dog to catch it, she discovered the dog's two companions. Both were dead - SHOT IN THE HEAD! 






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November 13, 2013 ~ Jefferson County, KY - Man Charged with Animal Cruelty

  Due to an anonymous tip, a man was arrested and charged with 8 counts of animal cruelty. Police found four dogs on fixed point chains without adequate shelter. They also found paraphernalia used in dog fighting - heavy chains and vet supplies to treat  wounded animals. Two of the four dogs had injuries indicating they were used to fight.

Link: http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Man-arrested-charged-with-8-counts-of-animal-cruelty-231758531.html

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November 26, 2013 ~ Campbell County, KY: Six deer found dead in Campbell County creek

The carcasses of six nearly intact dead deer were found in 12 Mile Creek near Flagg Springs
after the close of Deer season in Kentucky, The deer had their backstrap taken, which is the choicest meat section. They were not field dressed.  According to officials, this behavior is highly condemned.  A spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife said, "It’s not legal, and it is considered criminal littering under Kentucky law."

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November 26, 2013 ~ Bracken County: Kentucky Slaughter House Cited for Animal Welfare Abuse

Four times this year, government inspectors witnessed repeated examples of workers failing to quickly kill cattle and pigs for market at Brooksville Meat and Fabrication Center in Bracken County. In some cases, workers that were dispatching livestock with a 22-caliber gun were taking multiple shots and several minutes to kill the animals.

LINK TO STORY: http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20131125/BUSINESS/311250078/Kentucky-slaughterhouse-cited-animal-welfare-abuses

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Investigation underway for dog that suffered severe burns, reward offered  (November 2013)
http://www.14news.com/story/24730917/investigation-underway-for-dog-that-suffered-severe-burns-reward-offered

 

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 JANUARY 2014

Animal cruelty is one of the most unfortunate and barbaric demonstrations of human beings manipulating ill conceived notions of "power" over other species.

~Ian Somerhalder 

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January 3, 2014 ~ MASON COUNTY: KY man arrested with 18 dead horses on property was sending them to Mexico for human consumption

 Eighteen horses found dead on a Mason County farm were meant to be shipped to Mexico for human consumption. The kill buyer was arrested on 23 counts of animal cruelty. He was released the same day after posting a $500 bond for himself. A Mason County Sheriff  responded to the farm after receiving tips of dead horses in the field. This wasn't the first time that officers responded to this particular farm. In 2010, the kill buyer was charged with 30 counts of animal cruelty and six counts of failure to dispose of a carcass properly. The 2010 investigation determined 30 horses and donkeys on the farm were neglected and left without food and water. Six of the 30 horses died. As a result, the kill buyer was given jail time and probation for two years. He was recently released from that probation. The Sheriff's department has responded to the farm for animals running at large four times. The new findings marked the fifth time police have been to the farm in a week. Half of the business was shipping horses to Mexico for human consumption, but some of the horses were too sick to send.

Link: http://fourleggedfriendsandenemies.blogspot.com/2014/01/ky-man-arrested-with-18-dead-horses-on.html

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January 17th, 2014 ~ Kenton County: 18 Dogs Rescued from Kentucky Puppy Mill

puppy millA Kentucky man is facing 20 counts of animal cruelty after 18 dogs were rescued from his puppy mill on Friday. The dogs were kept in in kennels that were outside in the freezing temperatures. The dogs had no fresh food or water.  One of the dogs, a Great Dane had bloody feet from walking in his own feces and urine. In addition to the Great Dane several Dalmatians and Golden Retrievers were also rescued. They are now in the care of Kenton County Animal Shelter.

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January 25th, 2014 ~ Jessamine County: Cruelty Case

A black Pomeranian was discovered near a pond in Jessamine County.  Someone duct taped the dog's leash to a rock and left the dog on the ice, apparently hoping the rock would break through the ice and drown the dog. When the ice didn't break, it appears the person shot and killed the dog. The dog was microchiped and last registered to a woman in Elizabethtown, KY.


Person Of Interest Comes Forward In Jessamine Co. Animal Cruelty Case
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/54224679/#.Uuu4BfbXFoQ

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 FEBRUARY 2014

Man is the cruelest animal.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

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February 6, 2014  ~ Laurel County - Corbin, KY: Laurel woman arrested for animal cruelty
http://www.thetimestribune.com/local/x1782777549/Laurel-woman-arrested-for-animal-cruelty

UPDATE: Woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty
http://www.thetimestribune.com/local/x1783671914/Woman-pleads-guilty-to-animal-cruelty

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February 7th, 2014 ~ Estill County: Animal Cruelty

Police discovered a female dog and six puppies living in an outbuilding full of trash. The dogs did not have food or water.

Estill county woman charged in animal cruelty case  (February 2014)
http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/Estill-county-woman-charged-in-animal-cruelty-case-244379471.html

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February 8, 2014 ~ Perry County: Dog Shot - Euthanized Due to Severity of Injuries


Perry County, KY: Police continue search for suspect in dog shooting
http://www.hazard-herald.com/news/news/3080776/Police-continue-search-for-suspect-in-dog-shooting


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February 9th, 2014 ~ DAVIESS: Collie Shot in Face

A young Collie, named Lad, is in critical condition at an animal hospital in Louisville.  He was found Sunday in Daviess County on the side of the road with buckshot in his face. X-rays showed more than broken bones. Both sides of the jaw were broken...completely away from the face  Officials believe someone shot Lad five or six days ago, and since then the dog has been unable to eat.

LINK: Authorities looking for details into shot Daviess Co. dog
http://www.14news.com/story/24687168/animal-control-dog-shot-in-facee


SAD UPDATE: (June 2014) Collie shot in face in Kentucky dies four months after jaw removed, owner charged 
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/collie-shot-face-kentucky-dies-months-jaw-removed-owner-charged-article-1.1827553

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Whitley, County Seven brutally killed dogs discovered near KY. 904  (February 2014)
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=749499861735344&set=a.369743073044360.90535.100000260107537&type=1&theater


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This was shared nearly 900 times in only two daysTaylorsville, KY: Spencer County kennel accused of animal abuse, again
http://www.wdrb.com/story/24740623/spencer-county-kennel-accused-of-animal-abuse-again


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80 Dogs Rescued From Leslie County Home Getting Ready For Adoption
http://www.lex18.com/news/80-dogs-rescued-from-leslie-county-home-getting-ready-for-adoption/


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February 21, 2014 ~ DAVIESS COUNTY: 900 Dead Piglets Fed to Their Mothers at Horrific Kentucky Farm

900 Dead Piglets Fed to Their Mothers at Horrific Kentucky Farm photo 3075169large.jpgAn undercover investigation at Iron Maiden Hog Farm in Owensboro, KY exposed not only the horrific conditions pigs endure at factory farms, and the gruesome practices they claim will keep pigs healthy.Secret film footage revealed that after 900 piglets died from diarrheal disease in a 2 day period, their intestines were ground up into “a smoothie” and fed to their mothers and other sows. Kentucky state law prohibits the feeding of dead pigs to pigs.


http://www.care2.com/causes/900-dead-piglets-fed-to-their-mothers-at-horrific-kentucky-farm.html

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 MARCH 2014

Animals are being beaten in a circus, burned and poisoned in a lab,
shocked at a cattle auction, electrocuted on a fur farm, starved in an egg factory, suffocated on a fishing line, caged for life in a zoo
and otherwise denied all that is natural to them.

~Animal Rights Now

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Lexington officer who killed dog could face cruelty charge; internal investigation launched (March 2014)
http://www.kentucky.com/2014/03/11/3133947/lexington-police-officer-who-shot.html

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 Logan County Officials Search for Answers After Finding Several Deceased Dogs Recently (March 2014)
http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/Logan-County-Officials-Searching-for-Ansers-after-Finding-Several-Deceased-Dogs-Recently-249923821.html

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Whitley Sheriff calls horse abuse case a 'cruel thing'  (March 2014)
http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/Whitley-Sheriff-calls-horse-owner-Just-cruel--250721971.html

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McCracken County: Man sentenced after hanging dog in backyard because he 'couldn't afford to care for it  (March 2014)
http://www.fox19.com/story/25061236/man-allegedly-hangs-dog-in-backyard-because-he-couldnt-afford-to-care-for-it

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APRIL 2014

Unless we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is
-whether its victim is human or animal
- we cannot expect things to be much better in this world.


~Rachel Carson

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April 2014 ~ Taylor County, KY: Dog shot, in danger of losing leg
http://www.wave3.com/story/25209722/dog-shot-in-danger-of-losing-leg


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April 7, 2014 ~ PENDLETON COUNTY: Man charged with animal cruelty after 49 horses found dead on N.Ky. farm

A Pendleton County horse owner was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty. An animal control officer discovered 49 dead horses and 14 horses in poor condition on the Pendleton County farm after receiving an anonymous tip. Beyond the animal cruelty charges that stemmed from the investigation, the farm owner was also charged with 49 counts of failing to dispose of carcasses within 48 hours due to the 49 dead horses discovered on his property. As a defense, the farm owner claimed people abandoned horses on his farm. “When they drop them off and they're extremely thin, emaciated, I get them fat again. They’d be thanking me instead of complaining, but I do get them fat again and then resell them." The animal control officer said what this was “the worst case” of animal abuse in his nearly decade-long career.

LINK: http://www.wcpo.com/news/region-northern-kentucky/man-with-49-dead-horses-on-farm-claims-innocence-says-horse-owners-thank-him

UPDATE January 2015: Animal control officer: Pendleton County drops 14 animal abuse charges against Butler, Ky.

The prosecutor's office agreed to let the farm owner enter an “Alford plea” as part of a deal to avoid a jury trial. The plea means the horse trader asserted his innocence on all charges, but acknowledged enough evidence existed for a conviction. As part of a plea deal, the farm owner is still allowed to keep the five horses he still has.

LINK:  http://www.wcpo.com/news/region-northern-kentucky/larry-browning-man-pendleton-county-man-animal-control-officer-pendleton-county-drops-14-animal-abuse-charges-against-butler

 

UPDATE January 2015: 'Worst case of animal abuse' ends in probation http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/28/worst-case-of-animal-abuse-ends-in-probation/22492949/

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APRIL 18, 2014 ~ FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY:  Dog Shot in Shoulder - Leg Amputated!

 
Kasey was shot in the front leg. The Franklin County Humane Society took her to a local Vet for immediate pain management. Kasey was transferred into the care of the Arrow Fund. Her front left leg needed to be amputated to the shoulder soon after arrival at Blue Pearl. X-rays revealed that she had been shot through her elbow joint and it was completely obliterated. The wound was also old and smelled of rotting flesh. Sadly, there was simply no way to save her leg. In addition, Kasey was severely emaciated – at 26lbs she is a 3 on a 1-9 body scale with 1 being the lowest possible before death. The vet determined that Kasey is 1-1.5 years old. She was covered in ticks and, to top it all off, was heart worm positive! Kasey will undergo heart worm treatment after she has recovers from surgery and has gained some weight.  http://thearrowfund.org/kasey/

 

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MAY 2014
 
To inflict cruelties on defenseless creatures, or condone such acts,
is to abuse one of the cardinal tenets of a civilized society
- reverence for life.


~Jon Evans
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MAY 2014 ~ SCOTT COUNTY, KY: GET MAD AT THIS PHOTO! 

A man is getting by with this in Scott County, KY!  The horse is alive in this photo! This is what people got to witness for 3 hours!!  The authorities were called and they made him put the horse down......so he came up the hill and shot the horse in the head while people watched.

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152234500444213&set=t.100000029462343&type=1&theater

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 May 6, 2014 ~ FLOYD COUNTY: Three from Floyd County charged with operating one of nation's largest cockfighting rings

According to a federal investigator, three Floyd County residents helped operate one of the largest, most lucrative cockfighting rings in the country. A man, his wife and his son were charged with conspiring to operate an illegal gambling enterprise and with illegally conducting cockfights. The three allegedly helped run a cockfighting pit at McDowell called the Big Blue Sportsmen's Club, which featured arena-style seating, a full-service restaurant and laminated membership cards. Hundreds of people, including children, attended fights that left bloodied birds dead or dying. The club, which had photos of known police informants posted, scheduled cockfighting on more than 30 days in the 2013-14 season, including a Kentucky state championship and a "World Cup". Due to the enhanced stabbing and slashing ability bestowed upon the birds by the manmade weapons, cockfighting is an extremely painful, bloody, and deadly event. Birds are stabbed, slashed open, eviscerated, and partially decapitated. Birds that lose a match most often die. At events at the Big Blue pit,  dead and dying birds were tossed in metal barrels. Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo and his wife, who are from Floyd County, are distantly related to the people charged.

LINK: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/05/06/3229772_three-floyd-residents-charged.html?rh=1

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MAY 2014 - Henderson, KY: Group asks for help after puppy is purposely hit, injured
http://www.wlky.com/news/group-asks-for-help-after-puppy-is-purposely-hit-injured/26174744


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MAY 2014: Owen County, KY: Students admit killing farm animals at Owen County High School
http://www.wcpo.com/news/region-northern-kentucky/three-students-admit-killing-farm-animals-at-owen-county-high-school

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MAY 2014: Dog found in Henderson with cut neck is improving
http://www.14news.com/story/25670138/dog-found-in-henderson-with-cut-neck-is-improving

 

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 May 30, 2014 ~ BOYLE COUNTY: 'Coon mauling event' disrupts Kentucky fair

 

An event called a "Coon Dog Treeing Contest," was sanctioned by the Boyle County Fair Board and on the fair's list of scheduled activities. When too few hunters showed up for the contest, one of the event's promoters decided to hold a "coon drag" in the horse arena in the center of the fairgrounds instead. The raccoon was released amid several dogs that were primed for action. But instead of running for the trees, the raccoon loitered and was attacked by the dogs. "When I first saw it, I thought the dogs had a toy. They had it in their mouths and were pulling in two directions," said a fairgoer. At one point, Barrow said, the raccoon darted into the crowd, brushing her leg as it went. "It did not have eyes," she said. "There was blood all over the place. It looked seriously injured. It went under a picnic table and laid there." The event promoter downplayed the cruelty of the event, and disputed the account provided by Barrow and others. "The coon was fine, just tired," he said, adding that he later released it on a farm.  Danville police officers declined to respond the first time they were alerted to the incident but intervened later as it was winding down.

LINK: http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/local/boyle/coon-mauling-event-disrupts-boyle-fair/article_37df806e-b7ae-551c-a07c-d8a718c302a4.html

 
UPDATE:  Two plead not guilty in Boyle coon mauling case  (February 2015)
http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/local/boyle/two-plead-not-guilty-in-boyle-coon-mauling-case/article_bffb99b2-2d49-50b1-912f-98f1a96650a5.html

The two men charged in connection with a raccoon that was mauled by dogs last year at the Boyle County Fair entered not guilty pleas to second-degree cruelty to animals for allegedly subjecting “an animal to mutilation, torture and torment”.

LINK: http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/coon-mauling-event-disrupts-kentucky-fair/article_c5ca082c-020c-5dba-894a-bbae6ded4487.html 

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The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
 
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June 2, 2014 ~ HENDERSON COUNTY:  Severe Animal Abuse Case


Residents in Reed, outside Henderson, KY, found a black lab scuffling with neighbor dogs. They noticed some wounds, but thought they were from his recent run-ins. When the stray dog was taken in to the Henderson Humane Society, a large neck wound was soon discovered. According to the Humane Society Manager, the neck wound was human-made and couldn’t have been the work of a fight with another animal. The organization’s veterinarian had to cut around the wound to clean away the dead tissue.  The pilot who picked up the dog to transport him to the Arrow Fund in Louisville requested that he be named Mooney after the plane that took him to Louisville. Mooney underwent a second surgery to clean away dead tissue and vets drained the numerous puncture wounds on the dog’s body. Dead maggots have also been removed from the dog’s ears and he’s was treated for heartworms. Less less than a week after someone attempted to decapitate him, Mooney was sitting up, eating well and even wagging his tail.

LINK:  [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]  http://newstalk1280.com/henderson-county-humane-society-needs-your-help-in-severe-animal-abuse-case-warning-graphic-images/

 

UPDATE: Mooney found a forever home December 18, 2014.
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June 12, 2014: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Portland neighborhood man charged with animal cruelty

A Louisville man is facing a charge of cruelty to animals. An officer conducting an investigation at another house observed a female mastiff with her ribs and hip bones protruding. The officer said day was hot, but there was no food, water or shelter for the dog in sight. The mastiff and another dog found in the back yard were confiscated. Police are trying to determine the ownership of the second dog. The homeowner's son was arrested. He is also being held for possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and an outstanding bench warrant.

 

LINK: http://www.wave3.com/story/25830534/portland-neighborhood-man-charged-with-animal-cruelty

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June 14, 2014 ~ WARREN COUNTY:  Neglected Great Pyrenees Suffers Gunshot Wounds

 A five-year-old Great White Pyrenees, named Griff, was saved after a driver saw him struggling to take single steps while walking down a road in Oakland. An adoption counselor at the Warren County-Bowling Green Humane Society responded to the driver's call and observed that the dog's mannerisms showed severe signs of neglect. She approached the dog cautiously. The counselor subsequently spent five hours shaving Griff's matted fur, in order to examine his bloody wounds. "He had fleas, ticks and maggots all over his body." But the neglect did not stop there. Griff was emaciated and had bullet wounds to his legs, snout, head and neck. A bullet or two shattered his leg completely. Griff came in at sixty-eight pounds, and should have been around one-hundred-twenty pounds.

SAD UPDATE: Bowling Green, KY: Rescued dog leaves legacy after death
http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/rescued-dog-leaves-legacy-after-death/article_831f7b4a-028e-5195-983e-0fe8a1e4b8fc.html
 
At the time of his death, Griff weighed a healthy 112 pounds. He died peacefully in his sleep Dec. 29, 2014.
 
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June 25, 2014: HENDERSON COUNTY ~  Henderson woman looking for answers after her dog was shot
 
A Henderson woman says a neighbor shot and wounded her dog. Authorities say no charges are being filed.
 
 
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JULY 2014
 
Life is as dear to others as it is to oneself.
Good men bear this in mind and are merciful to all living creatures.
 
~Hitopadesa

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JULY 11, 2014: Louisville, KY:  Starved puppy found, search on for anyone responsible
http://www.wdrb.com/story/25998470/starved-puppy-found-search-on-for-anyone-responsible


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JULY 14, 2013: Lexington Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Admitting To Biting Dog
http://www.lex18.com/news/lexington-man-charged-with-animal-cruelty-after-admitting-to-biting-dog/

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JULY 12, 2014: Paducah, KY: 68 DOGS RESCUED: NA-FC Shelter takes in canines from Kentucky
http://www.newsandtribune.com/floydcounty/x1889870182/68-DOGS-RESCUED-NA-FC-Shelter-takes-in-canines-from-Kentucky

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Pitter Patter and Mocha JULY 2014 ~ Carroll County:  Dog left in trailer with puppy for two weeks after owner's arrest
http://www.examiner.com/article/dog-left-trailer-with-puppy-for-two-weeks-after-owner-s-arrest

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Dozens of cats have been rescued from a hoarding case in Franklin County.JULY 30, 2014 ~ Franklin County: Nearly 20 cats rescued in hoarding case
http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Franklin-Co-Humane-Society-needs-help-caring-for-extra-cats--269282941.htm

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AUGUST 2014
 
May all that have life be delivered from suffering.
 
~Buddha

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August 3, 2014 ~ HARDIN COUNTY: Man charged with animal cruelty after dog’s death

An Elizabethtown man was charged with animal cruelty after police say he admitted to throwing a razor blade wrapped in meat into a neighbor’s yard, causing their dog to die. Robert Hamme, 60, is charged with torture of a dog with serious physical injury or death and first-offense torture of a dog. The dog's owner saw one ofhis dogs eating a piece of meat, but removed it from the dog’s mouth and discovered a razor blade inside. After removing the meat, the owner and and his wife searched their backyard and found two more pieces of Canadian bacon, one containing part of a razor blade and another with small nails. The family called police and also told them about the death of their 14-year-old beagle mix, Nibbles, who died from a blockage in the intestine. “He died a horrible death,” the owner said.
Police went to Hamme’s residence to alert him to the possibility of meat in his yard and he admitted to throwing the meat over the fence into his neighbors' yard.
 
LINK: Elizabethtown neighbor admits to wrapping razor blade in meat killing dog 
http://www.wlky.com/news/elizabethtown-man-accused-of-killing-dog-by-putting-razor-blades-in-its-food/27291340#!bxaGa6

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A Warren County man is being investigated for animal cruelty after neighbors contact police. AUGUST 12, 2014 ~ Warren County: Sheriff's Office Investigating Animal Cruelty Case
http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/Sheriffs-Office-Investigating-Animal-Cruelty-Case-271018141.html


Two Charged with Animal Cruelty
http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/Two-Charged-with-Animal-Cruelty-271936151.html


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AUGUST 13, 2014 ~ Bourbon County: Dozens of abandoned horses and dogs rescued in Bourbon County http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/271173501.html

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AUGUST 14, 2014 ~ Henderson County: Arrow Fund: Henderson dog choked with slip leash, being sent to Louisville  http://www.wave3.com/story/26252714/arrow-fund-henderson-dog-choked-with-slip-leash-being-sent-to-lousiville

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AUGUST 20, 2014 ~ Graves County:  Teen charged with Killing Cat, Threatening Owner
http://www.kptv.com/story/26341591/symsonia-teen-accused-of-animal-cruelty-terroristic-threatening


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AUGUST 22, 2014 ~ Harlan County: Wild Horses Found Dead In Southeastern Kentucky
http://www.lex18.com/news/wild-horses-found-dead-in-southeastern-kentucky

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The Lexington Humane Society says donations are pouring in for a puppy that was found chemically burned, branded with profanity.AUGUST 22, 2014 ~ FAYETTE COUNTY: Lexington puppy found chemically burned, branded with profanity
 
A seven month old Pit Bull mix who was horrifically abused only seems to have physical scars. The puppy named Felicity was branded with bleach or another caustic agent several months before she was found abandoned, chained to a fence. “There was an attempt to make a word on the canine," said an animal control officer.
 
 
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SEPTEMBER 2014
 
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures
from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.  
 
~St. Francis of Assisi
 
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SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 ~ MERCER COUNTY: Mercer Co. Drug Investigation Turns Into Animal Cruelty Case 

When investigators raided a home as part of a drug bust, they found a deceased dog on the property as well as four extremely malnourished Pit Bulls. According to one of the deputies, "They were in various locations on the property; some were tied up to tires or what not they did not have any shelter from the sun."

http://www.lex18.com/news/mercer-co-drug-investigation-turns-into-animal-cruelty-case/

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 ~ Shelby County: Waddy, Ky. woman accused of assaulting mom, throwing kittens

A Waddy, Ky. woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after police say she attacked her mom and threw kittens into the air, injuring at least one of them. The woman had taken kittens out of a cage and was throwing them up in the air, letting them hit the ground. According to the arrest report, one kitten appeared to be injured and was not moving. She also allegedly hit the family dog and threw a bird feeder at the dog.

http://www.wdrb.com/story/26534307/waddy-ky-woman-accused-of-assaulting-mom-throwing-kittens

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 ~ Hopkins County: Man Charged with Animal Cruelty 

Police were called to a residence because of an allegation that a man had violated an Emergency Protective Order. Later that day, the man was also charged with animal cruelty stemming from a Sept. 18 incident. He is accused of picking up a dog by its collar and punching it in the face and side, slamming its face into the ground and kicking it. The man told officers he hit the dog because it was trying to run into the road and that the assault would not injure the dog because it was a pure bred Pit Bull. Upon officers arrival to the incident, the dog was found cowering under a table on the porch while urinating on itself. The man was charged with animal cruelty, second degree.
 
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OCTOBER 2014
 
We have not two hearts - one for the animals, and the other for man.
In the cruelty toward the former and the cruelty toward the latter,
there is no other difference than in the victim. 
 
~Lamartine
 
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October 15, 2014 ~ FAYETTE COUNTY: Man Arrested for Putting Roommate's Dog in Hot Oven

A Lexington man was arrested by police on a care and treatment of animals charge. In a "fit of rage" the man alledgedly put his roommate's dog in a hot oven, causing multiple burns to the canine. Friends say this was the same dog the owner reported missing a week earlier.

UPDATE JANUARY 18, 2015: The dog abuser has been charged with murder after stabbing the dog's owner/his boyfriend inside his home. The man is expected to be in court later this month on the care and treatment of animals charge.

LINK: Lexington murder suspect also facing animal cruelty charge  (January 2015) http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Lexington-murder-suspect-also-facing-animal-cruelty-charge-289084001.html
 
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 Teach children to be kind to animals.
They will grow up to be also kind to people.
 
~Author Unknown
 
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November 4, 2014 ~ JOHNSON COUNTY: Dog found shot in head, neck with cut off tail

A dog with gunshot wounds to the head and neck and whose tail had been cut off, exposing the bone, is recovering after she was flown to Louisville for emergency treatment. The German Shepherd, named Cello, was found wounded and emaciated in Paintsville. Cello survived surgery, but one of her eyes had to be removed. This dog was shot as close range and suffered for at least a week with these injuries. The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Cello's case.

Link: http://www.wave3.com/story/27277361/dog-found-shot-in-head-neck-with-cut-off-tail

UPDATES: http://thearrowfund.org/cello/
 
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November 2014 ~ WHITLEY COUNTY: Campbell County woman accused of shooting dog during burglary
 
A LaFollette woman faces burglary and animal cruelty charges after investigators say she shot a dog in the face during a home invasion.
The woman stole three handguns, two laptops, a camera, an iPad, an Xbox, and jewelry from a home. Officials assume that the dog, who was in a cage, was barking, drawing attention, so they tried to shut him up. The dog survived. At first the owners believed the dog had been beaten up and was taken to a vet who discovered the dog had been shot. The .380 pistol used to shoot the dog belonged to the homeowner, which the suspects are accused of taking.
 
 
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DECEMBER 2014
 
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
 
~George Bernard Shaw
 
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December 7, 2014 ~ BUTLER COUNTY: Butler County Couple To Be Charged With Cruelty To Animals

Four dogs were rescued after being found locked in cages outside of a home on Ferry Street in Rochester. One puppy was found on the porch enclosed in a crate. She was filthy, covered in feces, and was  very very wormy. One female boxer had exposed ribs. The youngest of the boxers, who was about one year old, was severely malnourished.  Greg and Sandy Clark will be charged with "Cruelty to Animals". Chickens and rabbits rescued from the home were placed under the care of volunteers and neighbors.

LINK: http://fourleggedfriendsandenemies.blogspot.com/2014/12/butler-county-couple-to-be-charged-with.html


UPDATE January 2015: Butler County Couple Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty 
http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/Butler-County-Couple-Pleads-Guilty-To-Animal-Cruelty-288885211.html
 
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 December 9, 2014 ~ HARDIN COUNTY: Hardin Co. woman accused of cutting dog to use dog's pain medication
 
A young woman cut her dog with razor blades so she could take the dog's pain medication. The womanbrought her golden retriever in to the vet with multiple cuts that required several sutures, twice in October. On Dec. 4, it happened again. The cuts were described as clean, as if they were done with a razor blade. Vets say during each visit, the woman asked for a pain medication named Tramadol, which is meant for dogs.
 
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 December 16, 2014 ~ BOURBON COUNTY: Kentucky game wardens kill 1st mountain lion to return since before the Civil War

A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officer killed a mountain lion on a Bourbon County farm on Monday, marking the first confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Kentucky since before the Civil War. A farmer spotted the cat in a tree and alerted the department. When the officer responded, he found the animal had been trapped in different tree by a barking dog and decided it was best to "dispatch it." Mountain lions were once native to Kentucky but they were killed off here more than a century ago. The wildlife officer shot the cat because it was getting dark and he feared that it would slip away in darkness and threaten people in the nearby city of Paris.
States that kill the animals when they enter are wrong for doing it and that the animals shouldn't cause fear. According to an animal expert, "If you're a deer, they're a little dangerous. If you're a human, not so much," she said. "Attacks on people are not that common. There have only been 22 deaths in the last 120 years."

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/12/16/first-puma-found-kentucky-since-civil-war/20487277/

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December 17, 2014 ~ ROWAN COUNTY: Pet Owner, charged with animal cruelty, arrested in Rowan County

A pet owner, charged with animal cruelty, is now behind bars, after one of his dogs was found dead and the other was considered to be near-death. Ricky Gee was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree animal cruelty, a class A misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail. Lola, a Doberman, was found chained to a pole behind Gee's house along with the body of her young puppy. Lola weighed about 34 pounds when she was rescued. She should have weighed about 70 and has since gained 25 pounds. She had nearly no muscle mass and was severely anemic, but now has muscle definition and is completely clear of anemia.

http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/Pet-owner-charged-with-animal-cruelty-arrested-in-Rowan-County--286474451.html

 

UPDATE January 15, 2014: Morehead Man Who Chained Starving Dogs In Yard Pleads Guilty
http://www.lex18.com/story/27848915/morehead-man-who-chained-starving-dogs-in-yard-pleads-guilty

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December 22, 2014 ~ GARRARD COUNTY: Three Puppies Found Slaughtered, Owner Wants Answers

 

Garrard County Animal Control is investigating the gruesome mutilating of three puppies.  They were found on highway 753 in Bryantsville.  The owner of the puppies was devastated after a neighbor knocked on her door describing the horror she had found.  At first they thought that the puppies been killed by a hit and run accident until animal control showed up.  “There were dogs spread from one end to the other they had been gutted and their throats slit."
The puppies were eight weeks old.

 

http://www.lex18.com/story/27689909/three-puppies-found-slaughtered-owner-wants-answers

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 December 31, 2014 ~ HARDIN COUNTY: Three people arrested, charged with cruelty to animals

Three people were arrested in Bardstown after a probation check revealed possible cruelty to animals and possible illegal taking of wildlife.  While at the residence, officers found three dogs in the backyard that were penned and "living in filth." Water in the dogs' bowls was frozen. Police also found three deer heads without tags in a freezer inside the residence.


Link: https://www.facebook.com/PLG13/photos/a.363530070325029.98838.216278478383523/939508732727157/?type=1&theater


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 JANUARY 2015 

Animal cruelty is one of the most unfortunate and barbaric demonstrations of human beings manipulating ill conceived notions of "power" over other species.

~Ian Somerhalder 

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January 4, 2015 ~ LAUREL COUNTY: Police arrest Laurel County man accused of neglecting injured cow

Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man who left an injured cow on his property for days without helping it. The cow was injured, and not able to walk or stand. The man left the cow in a ditch for three days, in below freezing temperatures, without getting the cow help, or feeding it. He told authorities that his tractor broke down, so he couldn't help it. However, deputies believe Jones had plenty of time to find another way to get the cow help. Jones was charged with animal cruelty and disorderly conduct after he became agitated with a deputy and caused annoyance and concern to people who were on the scene trying to help the injured cow.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/news/state/headlines/287471751.html



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January 4, 2015 ~ CLINTON COUNTY:  15 Charged with Cruelty to Animals

The Sheriff's office respond to a tip of cockfight in progress. 23 chickens were taken to Clinton County Animal Control and 14 men were arrested and charged with Cruelty to Animals, 2nd Degree and Criminal Trespassing 2nd Degree.

LINK: http://wate.com/2015/01/05/police-15-arrested-at-cockfight-in-southern-ky/

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January 5, 2014: OHIO COUNTY ~  Western Kentucky dog recovering from gunshot wounds

 A dog in western Kentucky is recovering after being shot in the back and leg. Cooper is now in Louisville receiving medical treatment after the Arrow Fund picked him up from Ohio County Animal Control.
Witnesses say a man drove by a home and shot Cooper in his front yard. Cooper can't currently put his foot down all the way, but doctors say his prognosis is good. Police in Ohio County are investigating the incident.


Link: http://www.wave3.com/story/27766265/western-kentucky-dog-recovering-from-gunshot-wounds



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January 10, 2014 ~ CLARK COUNTY:  Dog Found Chained Up, Starving In Clark County

A dog was found starving to death and left outside chained up for days in Clark County. Rocky, a 3-year-old pit bull mix, had been on SOAR's radar for months, when a group member was helping a family nearby and noticed he was being neglected. Over time, she says she continued to check on him and finally it got to a point that she couldn't ignore. She says the worst part is just knowing how long he must have been suffering. "This really hurt me because I had been trying to help this dog for several months and it had to get to this point before there was intervention," she said.

LINK: www.lex18.com/story/27819022/dog-found-chained-up-starving-in-clark-county
 
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January 13, 2014 ~ MAGOFFIN COUNTY: Magoffin County man faces an animal cruelty charge

A Magoffin County man faces a cruelty to animal charge. Kentucky State Policereceived a call about an abuse case along Gardner Trail. A trooper found a dog chained up and shivering outside a home. A neighbor claimed the homeowner threw water on the dog in 7 degree weather. The man faces a second degree cruelty to animals charge.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/Magoffin-County-man-faces-an-animal-cruelty-charge-288441231.html
 
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January 18, 2014 ~ JOHNSON COUNTY: Two arrested for animal cruelty in Johnson County, KY

A Oil Springs couple is facing animal cruelty charges after deputies said they found several dogs and a horse in poor health. Bothwere charged with eight counts of animal cruelty. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office and an animal protection officer responded to the home and found eight dogs and one horse in poor health. The owners told them the care of the animals was more than they could handle. The animals were voluntarily surrendered to the sheriff's office where they were placed in the care of the Kentucky Humane Society and Dumas Rescue.

LINK: http://www.wboy.com/story/27903748/two-arrested-for-animal-cruelty-in-johnson-county-ky
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January 19, 2015 ~ GALLATIN COUNTY: Dog Shot with Buckshot

This dog was assumed to have been struck by a car. He was taken to the Gallatin County Animal Shelter in Sparta.  His leg was broken and he had anal bleeding.  He had lost a lot of blood and was very droopy. Donations were needed because the emergency vet would not see him unless paid up front. A rescue in Columbus, Ohio stepped up and offered to take him. It was discovered that the dog, now named Finlay, was not struck by a car, but had been shot with buckshot.
 
 
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January 19, 2015 ~ EASTERN KENTUCKY: Dogs Taken to Kentucky Humane Society for Medical Care, Adoption

 
Eight puppies were transported to Louisville after they were removed from a hoarding-type situation in Eastern Kentucky. The underweight, six-month-old puppies were found living in a squalid, excrement-filled home. One of the puppies is blind in one eye and all need socialization. The puppies were discovered during an investigation by a local sheriff’s department. The owners agreed to surrender the puppies to the authorities, who then asked the Kentucky Humane Society for help.

LINK: http://www.kyhumane.org/blog/item/74-8-puppies-hoarding
 
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January 26, 2015 ~ CLARK COUNTY: Officers cite pet owner for animal cruelty

A Winchester man has been charged with second-degree animal cruelty after not providing an adequate space for his outside dog to keep warm. The man was cited under the state’s animal cruelty statute when police went to the house and found his outdoor dog had no straw to keep it warm during the latest cold spell. According to the law, the offense is a misdemeanor. Speak Out and Rescue (SOAR), an animal rescue group in Georgetown, contacted Winchester Police about the dog being on a chain outdoors without straw. Winchester Police Chief Kevin Palmer said officers visited the Denny Street house twice after receiving calls from the group. No charges were filed following those visits because the dog had food and water, Palmer said, but the recent cold weather has posed an issue. The man's mother said the dogs are cared for and the outdoor dog, a pit bull, is well fed and groomed, has water and a dog house. SOAR expressed a concern for the dog’s thick, heavy chain, which the mother said the dog had to have because he has broken through smaller chains. Tracy Miller, founder and president of SOAR, said "It was not only the chain, but the size and weight of the chain, the length, the dog was in mud and didn’t have straw. The dog is not up to date on his shots and has a spot on his head that could be ringworm." Miller provided hay for the dog and also offered to build a fence so it wouldn’t have to be chained. She also offered to have the dog neutered at no cost. The owners agreed to both.

LINK: http://www.centralkynews.com/winchestersun/news/local/officers-cite-pet-owner-for-animal-cruelty/article_9fd59c01-c6e9-57da-9fbb-79d6975ba806.html
 
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January 27, 2015: Christian County - Pit Bull Starve to Death in Crate

Someone observed a dog crate laying on the side of the road in a farmer's fields. The person assumed the crate was trash. A few days later, the crate was gone, but in its place was a Pit Bull that appeared to have been left to starve to death locked up in the crate. Whomever came to get the crate left behind the poor little female dog along with the crate pad and all the feces that had accumulated in the crate. Wetness on the dog's legs indicated how deep she had been standing in it before finally succumbing. The appearance of the wrinkling of her skin indicates that the dog was deprived of food and water until she died. The dog was taken to the Oak Grove Animal Clinic to be scanned for a microchip. Unfortunately, no microchip was found. The vet estimated the dog be be around 8 years old. She did not appear to have external injuries or scars. The person who found her gave the Pit Bull a name: Angelina.
 
A report was made to an officer with the sheriff's department. The person who did this probably lives in the Hopkinsville, KY, Pembroke, KY, Oak Grove, KY, Ft. Campbell, KY, or Clarksville, TN area.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/caroline.jones.3781/posts/938525806167126
 
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 January 30, 2015 ~ OHIO COUNTY: 54 Animals Rescued from Hoarding in Kentucky

The Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and Animal Control in the rescue of approximately 54 animals found living in extremely neglectful conditions in a dilapidated trailer home in Whitesville, KY. All of the animals were seized by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department. Fifty four small and medium, mixed-breed dogs, including many newborn litters and pregnant dogs, and a cat were found running loose in and around the trailer and yard, which were both covered in excessive piles of feces and trash. The animals were all extremely dirty and suffering from heavy infestations of internal and external parasites. Their only water source was dirty rainwater that had collected in broken buckets that were green with algae growth. “The conditions were typical of hoarding, which is a compulsive emotional attachment to things or animals that often leads to a situation like this that causes immense suffering for both the animals and people involved,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley.  The planning for this rescue began when ARC received a call for assistance concerning the neglect of the dogs.  ARC safely removed all of the animals from the property and transported them to an emergency shelter set up for this rescue, dubbed Operation New Day, in Lebanon, TN.


COMMENT: HOARDING SITUATION: A word on our current case, Operation New Day… We encounter plenty of situations where someone is knowingly and willfully abusing or neglecting animals, often even profiting from the suffering animals in their care. Our current case is not one of those situations. While this case very much looks like and meets most of the common characteristics of hoarding, there is one very distinct difference – this person recognized the animals’ needs weren’t being met and asked for help in removing them. This was a sad situation, in which both the animals and the property owner desperately needed help. Despite the individual’s efforts or intentions, it is clear that there was not appropriate food, adequate shelter, water, medical care, or quality of life for the animals or the individual.
 
 
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 FEBRUARY 2015 

One of the ill effects of cruelty is that it makes the bystanders cruel.

~Thomas Fowell Buxton

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February 7, 2015 ~ BALLARD COUNTY: Barlow, KY: Western Kentucky Man Charged with Animal Torture
 
Animal control officials have charged a western Kentucky man with animal torture after a search warrant was executed at his home. Animal control officers and sheriff's deputies found four containers that had meat soaking in a green substance that authorities believe to be antifreeze. Authorities say more than five dogs have died in the area over the last four years from antifreeze poisoning. Numerous more dogs died in the area. They not reported to animal control until after the fact. 

LINK: http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/state/western-kentucky-man-charged-with-animal-torture/article_9534dca7-f77f-5a1a-966f-5a6ab7427dd3.html
 
UPDATE: Ballard County man makes plea agreement in animal torture case
http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/30670412/ballard-county-man-makes-plea-agreement-in-animal-torture-case
 
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 February 10, 2015 ~ FLOYD COUNTY: Dog rescued after caught in trap

Trinity was injured by a trap in eastern Kentucky. She was found - thin, weak and pregnant - in Floyd County, where she wandered into a law office, missing her right rear foot and a toe from her other leg. She miscarried her three puppies on the way to the vet's office. The hunting trap broke Trinity’s leg and veterinarians believe the dog severed her lower limb in her attempt to get free. The stray who was pregnant then, unfortunately miscarried her three puppies on her way to the clinic. X-rays show that Trinity also has a BB in her side. Trinity will be put in a long-term foster home, where she could spend up to several months until she is ready to be put up for adoption.

LINK:
http://www.wkyt.com/news/state/headlines/Dog-rescued-after-caught-in-trap-291477641.html
 
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February 26, 2015 ~ HARRISON COUNTY: Harrison Co. Horses Seized In Animal Neglect Investigation

An animal neglect investigation is underway after neighbors called authorities when four Harrison County horses wandered outside their fence. Investigators ended up seizing every animal on the property. Officers say the other animals on the farm were living with no shelter food or water. Two of the horses required immediate medical attention due to malnourishment. The owner said the entire incident was a misunderstanding. She says that the icy weather made it difficult to get to her animals, but she was still caring for them. The owner claims that she was on her way to bring the animals food and water when she wrecked her truck.

Link:
http://www.lex18.com/story/28213700/harrison-co-horses-seized-in-animal-neglect-investigation
 
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February 27, 2015 ~ BUTLER COUNTY: 22 Dogs Rescued From Abandoned Home In Butler County

A home over run by dogs with no one to care for them was the scene at a Butler County rental home. The couple living in the home had been evicted weeks prior to the incident, but the home owner found they had left a few personal items and, to his knowledge, a couple of dogs behind. When authorities arrived to assist the homeowner clear the property, they found 22 pekingese mix dogs, none of which were spayed or neutered. Although the dogs appeared to have been fed, they were not in a good environment. The dogs' owner was at the scene when the dogs were taken. When asked how many dogs she thought she had, the owner said she thought she had 16. The dogs were taken to the Butler County Animal Shelter for further care. "They were filthy, they were covered in fleas and some of them are really thin," said the director of the shelter.

Link: http://www.wbko.com/news/headlines/22-Dogs-Rescued-From-Abandoned-Home-In-Butler-County-294529451.html
 
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Why should you care about animal abuse?
Anyone who abuses animals, would hurt you or your child.
FACT.

~Source Unknown

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March 7, 2015 ~ MORGAN COUNTY: Malnourished Dogs Found in Abandoned Home

Kentucky State Police in Morehead investigated an abandoned residence in Morgan County after receiving complaints of several malnourished dogs in the home. The State Troopers discovered several emaciated dogs resulting from severe malnourishment. The dogs were taken to the Morgan County Animal Shelter where they are being monitored and evaluated.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/28290056/malnourished-dogs-found-in-abandoned-home
 
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March 7, 2015 ~ BATH COUNTY: Four Pit Bulls Left to Starve in House
 
Four beautiful pit bull dogs were left in a house. The owner passed away last year and his daughter was in charge of taking care of them. The dogs were healthy and safe shortly after the man's death. Responding to a recent call, a Bath County Animal Control officer went to the house to remove one of the dogs that had starved to death. Two of the surviving females suffered from frostbite and may lose an ear or two. The daughter allowed the starvation death of the one dog, and no one helped them. The fourth Pit Bull, a male, was removed from the scene and is in foster care. Charges are being filed against the man's daughter.
 
 
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March 11, 2015 ~ FAYETTE COUNTY: Lexington woman faces charges after horse found dead on farm

 Acting upon a complaint, animal control officers, went to Lee McKinney's farm on Parkers Mill Road. It was not their first time there. The officers found a horse that had died, and several others that were malnourished. McKinney is facing animal neglect charges again for not providing "proper care" for her animals, in violation of the city's ordinance pertaining to the treatment of animals.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Lexington-woman-faces-charges-after-horse-found-dead-on-farm-296293581.html?device=phone&c=y#.VQRpdGog-qM.mailto
 
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March 18, 2015 ~ DAVIESS COUNTY: Searching for answers in Daviess Co., KY after two dogs are shot and killed
 
Sheriff's deputies were investigating an illegal dump site in eastern Daviess County when they discovered two Great Pyrenees that had been shot and killed. The dogs, a male and a female, were wearing collars. The Daviess County Animal Shelter is hoping someone will recognize the male and female dogs and come forward with information about what happened.
 
 
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 March 18, 2015 ~ PERRY COUNTY: Injured Cat Dumped in Ditch

An injured Himalayan cat was dumped in a ditch in Hazard, KY by an unknown individual. The cat was barely alive when found, but still tried to purr. She was emaciated, had an ulcerated eye, and her jaw was broken. The cat, now named Cinderella, was transferred by the Arrow Fund to Black Pearl in Louisville for treatment. Surgery was performed to remove her eye and to mend her broken jaw.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheArrowFund/posts/745224058909100
 
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 March 24, 2015 ~ LESLIE COUNTY: Dog expected to recover after being shot with arrow  
 
   A beagle-border collie mix was found in Leslie County impaled by an arrow. The arrow was still sticking out of one of the dog's legs and lodged in his tail. The dog was transported to the Arrow Fund in Louisville and treated at Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic. Volunteers say aside from the obvious arrow wound, the dog suffers from neglect and mange. They have given the dog the nickname Robin Hood and say he is expected to make a full recovery.

Link:
http://www.wlky.com/news/dog-expected-to-recover-after-being-shot-with-arrow/32000224?absolute=true
 
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 March 22, 2015 ~ GARRARD COUNTY: Injured Garrard County dog believed to have been used in dog-fighting

A couple driving along KY 52 saw an injured and brought him to the Garrard County Animal Shelter. "He was in pretty bad shape," said shelter director Brittany Collins. "He couldn't hardly walk, was sore, bleeding everywhere." Shelter workers took the dog to a vet who told them his injuries were probably related to dog fighting. The dog came in with the name "Rampage" on his tag, but they're calling him "Warrior" because of everything he's been through. Collins says they believe someone tried to use him for fighting and when he didn't fight, dropped him on the side of the road. A woman in Pulaski County contacted the shelter and said the  belongs to her. When Rampage was still a puppy, someone took him from her back yard when she wasn't home. Damage and his owner have been reunited. The shelter has turned their investigation over to the Commonwealth Attorney. They are working with him to try and find the person responsible for Rampage's wounds.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Injured-Garrard-County-dog-believed-to-have-been-used-in-dog-fighting-297308381.html
 
 
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March 23, 2015 ~ HOPKINS COUNTY: Kentucky juvenile arrested for having sex with a dog

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office has charged a juvenile with second-degree cruelty to animals for allegedly having sex with a dog. Deputies received a complaint call about an under-aged male seen performing a sexual act with a neighbor’s dog outside a residence in Hopkins County. A neighbor witnessed the act. Following an investigation, authorities contacted a court-designated worker. A citation was issued and the child was released to an unnamed guardian.

Link: http://www.examiner.com/article/kentucky-juvenile-arrested-for-having-sex-with-a-dog
 
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March 25, 2015 ~ McCRACKEN COUNTY: 180 animals taken from Reidland home  

Following an anonymous tip about emaciated and malnourished dogs, authorities in McCracken County went to a Reidland home and removed 180 animals. “It's a very, very difficult situation," Animal Control Officer Chryss George said. More than 60 dogs, many of them Miniature Pinschers, were taken to the McCracken County Shelter. A shelter volunteer called the hoarding case heartbreaking. "These dogs all need help," she said. There are tons of dogs in there. They're cold, shivering, scared and it's just sad to see," The homeowner once fostered animals and worked closely with local shelters. She believes the woman was also a breeder because there's so many of the Miniature Pinscher breed. The homeowner's name hasn't been released because this is an ongoing investigation.

Link: http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/28626863/180-animals-taken-from-reidland-home
 
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March 27, 2015: ADAIR COUNTY: Puppy with Burns

A puppy with wounds on her face was transferred from Columbia, KY to the Arrow Fund in Louisville. The injuries appeared to be burns. The puppy, who has been named Beauty, was estimated to be 8 to 10 weeks old and weighs 6.5 pounds. The cause of her injuries is currently unknown.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheArrowFund/posts/750210325077140
 
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March 30, 2015 ~ WAYNE COUNTY: Animal cruelty charges filed

A Wayne County man was arrested and charged with second degree cruelty to animals. The arrest came after the sheriff's department received several complaints about animal neglect and conducted an investigation. Deputies found that animals had not been  properly cared for on the man’s property. Deputies obtained a warrant and the animals were placed in protective custody pursuant to a court order.
 
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 APRIL 2015 

Unless we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is -whether its victim is human or animal - we cannot expect things to be much better in this world.

~Rachel Carson

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April 2, 2015: CHRISTIAN COUNTY: Police rescue starving dog, cite animal’s owner

A woman in Hopkinsville was cited for second-degree animal cruelty after police allegedly found a Pit Bull/Labrador Retriever mix wasted away to skin and bones. The woman admitted that the dog "was in bad shape" and that she had little food for the animal. She told police that the dog had table scraps the previous day.

Link: http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/crime/article_3ed3eb60-da81-11e4-9eea-9fda261bf44a.html

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April 3, 2015 ~ CARTER COUNTY ~  Woman Accused of Abandoning Nine Dogs

Nine dogs were found at a home chained up, hungry, and apparently abandoned. According to neighbors, the owner had moved out several months ago. The animal control officer who went to the property said some of the dogs had no collars, only chains wrapped around their necks. "The chains were all twisted and wadded up till they couldn't even got to their shelters. They only had a few inches to move." A warrant has been issued for the woman who had lived on the property and she could face 10 counts of animal cruelty. A woman who lives nearby said she tried to help make sure the animals didn't starve. "I would just throw the rest of my leftovers over the hill into their cages and stuff because they didn't have anything, no water, no food. They just looked sad and miserable." The pets were taken to an animal shelter in Rowan County and several animal rescue groups are working on finding homes them homes.

Link: http://www.wsaz.com/home/headlines/Woman-Accused-of-Abandoning-9-Dogs-298550801.html
 
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April 3, 2015 ~ WAYNE COUNTY:   Son Arrested for Abuse: Human feces, animal carcasses found in Wayne County man’s home 

Wayne County Sheriff deputies went to a home to conduct a wellness check after a woman missed a dialysis appointment. They noticed a padlock on the only accessible door to the home. The officers kicked the door in and found the woman lying on a bed. They also found multiple five gallon buckets filled with urine and human feces. Two dogs in the house were dead, one with his head cut off. Animal Control officers were called to the scene to remove several living dogs from inside and outside the home. They found one dead dog at the foot of the bed and several dog and cat carcasses in animal carriers outside the home. Shortly after deputies made entry into the home, the woman’s son rode up on his bicycle. Deputies arrested him and charged him with Wanton Endangerment First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment First Degree and ten counts of Animal Cruelty Second Degree.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Human-feces-animal-carcasses-found-in-mans-home-298846711.html
 
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 April 7, 2015 ~  BATH COUNTY:  Dogs/Pups in Kept in Pen

 
These pictures were taken in Sharpsburg, KY.  One of the pups is on life support and the other two are in foster care with people on their knees praying that they don't contract the Parvo that they have been exposed to. The pup in the picture was four month old and died while being taken to the vet. The mother and older brother of this group are in County care and quarantined, but will be turned over to rescue. The piece of trash owner will not punished for this.

Link:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1113830008643832&set=pcb.1113833338643499&type=1&theater
 
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April 9, 2015 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Dog Shot

Louisville Metro Animal Services responded to a call that a dog had been shot by a handgun in an alley in the 2300 block of Dumesnil Street. The dog suffered a severe leg injury. The Arrow Fund stepped up and the dog, renamed Orville, was taken to Blue Pearl for treatment. Surgery was performed and Orville had to have his back right leg amputated because the damage was too severe. Orville is very sweet. He only weighs 32 pounds. Orville is very small for a Pit Bull, and oh so precious. So sad that someone did this to him. The case is under investigation.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheArrowFund/photos/a.390861167678726.84408.364794080285435/756693874428785/?type=1&theater
 
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April 10, 2015 ~ MARION COUNTY:  $1,000 reward offered in animal abuse case

The Marion County Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a recent case of animal abuse. The remains of a dog were found in Raywick last week. The animal’s front paws, back paws and mouth had been tied up with green twine. Water is known to rise in the area where the dog’s remains were found, so authorities are unsure if the animal was tied up and thrown out to drown or if it had been tied up and left there for weeks to suffer. It is believed more than one person was involved in this incident because the dog was larger in size and probably tried to defend itself.

Link: http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/1000-reward-offered-animal-abuse-case
 
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April 15, 2015 ~ SCOTT COUNTY: Scott Co. Animal Control Forced To Rescue Horses Second Time From Same Home

Animal Control Officers in Scott County are angered after they rescued some horses for a second time. The horses had been rescued and nursed back to health 14-years-ago, but were returned to the family by order of the court. The two horses now under the county's care are the luckier ones. They were extremely thin and malnourished.  A third horse, a stallion, had to be euthanized. A vet said that was the only humane thing to do. He was so weak they couldn’t get him to stand up.  Jackie Lamn faces three charges of animal cruelty. Dunny, the euthanized horse, had been seized once before back in 2001 along with the other two horses when Lamb's son Jackson was found guilty on two counts of cruelty to animals. In 2003, prosecutors asked the judge not to give the horses back to their owner because she would be placing them in danger. The judge ordered them returned immediately. When the vet picked the two horses up last week they were skin covering bones.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/28850353/scott-co-animal-control-forced-to-rescue-horses-second-time-from-same-home
 
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April 2015 ~ BULLITT COUNTY: Dogs Being Killed and Stuffed in Dog Food Bags

Someone is killings dogs, stuffing them in dog food bags, and dumping them in the Bullitt County/Mt. Washington/Cedar Grove area. Some of the “victims” have been two large brown dogs as well as several small dogs that aren’t identifiable. If you have any information, please contact the Bullltt County Sheriff’s Office.


Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205055126791273&set=gm.747193058711189&type=1&theater
 
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 April 19, 2015: ~ ROWAN COUNTY: DOGS SHOT BY NEIGHBOR!

Two senior house dogs belonging to a family were shot a killed by a neighbor who CLAIMED the dogs were chasing his livestock. There were no cows present and one dog has his head in a hole at the time of the shooting. The dogs were NOT chasing livestock. They were gleefully chasing a rabbit and having a nice walk with their mom until the gun toting neighbor shot the dogs and killed them. These were senior dogs, family members, and they were loved. He also shot in the direction of the owner’s mother and easily could have hit her.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006041055860
 
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 April 21, 2015 ~ LAUREL COUNTY: Dog Tied Behind Vehicle and Dragged

A woman discovered a dog in a ditch off of Hwy 1006 in London, KY. The Laurel County Sheriff's Department was contacted to assist with traffic control and Laurel County Animal Control was on the scene to for assistance of loading the injured animal. A vet from the Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital clinic was notified to assist with the care due to the severity of the injuries. After evaluation of the animal and the situation, it was concluded the animal had not been struck by a vehicle, but had been tied to the back of a vehicle and dragged. The rope and collar remained intact on the animal.  Basil - named so by the woman who found him and offered him comfort in his suffering, died from his injuries.) The Laurel County Sheriff's Department has an open investigation regarding this case.
 

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April 21, 2015 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY:  Woman charged in connection to fire that killed dog
 
A woman who was residing with a tenant in a home on Berry Boulevard in Louisville got into a dispute with the tenant. She subsequently set a fire in the front room of the home. The tenant's dog died in the fire, which also spread to a neighboring home, causing minor damage. Investigators say the woman intended to kill the tenant's dog when she set the fire.  The woman is expected to be charged with second-degree arson, third-degree arson and cruelty to animals.
 
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 April 25, 2014 ~ PERRY COUNTY: Dog Shot with Crossbow

A Perry County dog is recovering after police say someone shot her through the chest with a crossbow. A neighbor called the dog’s owner and told him that the dog, named Midnight, had been found on his front porch, bleeding and injured. The owner can’t understand why anyone would want to harm such a loving dog. He immediately brought Midnight to the local vet -- all the while, preparing for the worst. Miraculously Midnight pulled through, greeting her owner at the animal hospital Monday -- tail wagging with the good news of a full recovery. Kentucky State Police is investigating the incident.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/news/state/headlines/Perry-Co-dog-recovering-after-being-shot-with-arrow-301485241.html
 
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MAY 2015 

According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.

~Source Unknown  

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May 13, 2015 ~  KENTON COUNTY: Covington man's hound dog thrown from Interstate 75 overpass 

 
Bo, a Hound dog, got loose from his home in Covington. Usually when this happened, Bo would return home on his own. This time Bo never returned. Bo’s owner called around to local veterinarians' offices to see if anybody had found his dog. Hours later, a neighbor told Bo’s owner that something horrific that happened a few blocks away, at the 12th Street overpass off Interstate 75.  A witness said they saw someone throw Bo out of a vehicle over the overpass. Bo ended up at Noah's Ark Animal Clinic in Ft. Wright, KY. A good Samaritan picked him up and took him there. Bo was injured so badly he had to be euthanized. Neighbors said dogs have been taken from the street in the past.
 
 
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May 16, 2015 ~ MENIFEE COUNTY: Dog Brutally Killed In Menifee County, Investigation Underway

A one year old Hound was found brutally killed along East Fork Road in Menifee County.  The dog had horrific injuries and appeared to have been dragged then thrown in the bushes.  A bloody tire iron was found not too far from the body. Officials believe it was used to beat the dog.  A witness has photos of the dog. “You can tell it's been dragged and if you go back to the road there's blood for almost a quarter of a mile," the witness said.  The witness was able to get a license plate number of the vehicle and the Menifee County sheriff  says he hopes to be making an arrest soon.
 
 
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MAY 17, 2015 ~ NELSON COUNTY: Nine Kittens thrown from moving vehicle, two survive
 
While traveling home to Louisville after visiting a bourbon distillery in Nelson County, a woman saw a dead kitten in the middle of the road. A quarter mile later, she saw another dead kitten. Another quarter mile, she saw another. Then another. And another. It was a gruesome and horrifying discovery. It is suspected that the kittens had been thrown from a moving car. Finally, the woman found a little Tortoiseshell kitten who lifted her head and meowed. She quickly pulled over. The kitten had blood on her face. A quarter mile later the driver  saw another lifeless body on the road. Finally, she found a second kitten who was still alive. The gray tabby had a gaping wound on her back right leg. In total, eight or nine kittens were thrown onto the road. All but two had died from impact with the pavement. The four week old kittens were taken to the Kentucky Humane Society. A veterinary team administered fluids to the four-week-old kittens to help prevent them from going into shock. After the kittens were stabilized,  their wounds were cleaned and their injuries were evaluated. The kittens are now recovering in the home of an experienced foster caregiver.
 
 
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 May 28, 2015 ~ McCRACKEN COUNTY: Paducah Home Condemned after Dozens of Cats Found

Paducah Police and McCracken County Animal Control served a search warrant at a residence in Paducah after getting a tip about dozens of animals living in terrible conditions at the home. Twenty-eights cats were found on the property. After officers entered the premises, they found conditions were so bad that they decided to condemn the structure. Officers were able to capture fourteen of the cats. Some of the cats appeared to be in good health, but several had obvious problems, including respiratory problems, eye infections, and wounds. Officers subsequently returned to the residence and trapped the remaining cats. The house was so packed with belongings it took authorities four days to catch all of the cats. The homeowner was charged with 28 counts of animal cruelty. She submitted an Alfred Plea to the Court,  and as part of the agreement, she  has been barred from owning more than three felines. If she meets those terms, in addition to no longer feeding strays, the case will be dismissed in 2017.

Link: http://westkentuckystar.com/News/Local-Regional/McCracken-County/Paducah-Home-Condemned-after-Dozens-of-Cats-Found.aspx

UPDATE: Paducah Woman Takes Plea After 28 Cats Seized
http://www.westkentuckystar.com/News/Local-Regional/McCracken-County/Paducah-Woman-Takes-Plea-After-28-Cats-Seized.aspx
 
 
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May 30, 2015 ~ BRECKINRIDGE COUNTY: Man charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly killing cat

An Irvington Kentucky man has been arrested after authorities say he killed a cat. The man threw the cat into the middle of a pond, allegedly ”because he hated the cat and wanted it dead." The cat drowned because of his actions. The man has charged with second degree cruelty to animals.

Link: http://www.wdrb.com/story/29277780/irvington-ky-man-charged-with-cruelty-to-animals-after-allegedly-killing-cat
 
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JUNE 2015 

It has been statistically proven that humans that mistreat/abuse/neglect/torture/kill animals are more than likely treating other HUMANS (including human children) the same way.
 
                                                ~Source Unknown

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June 5, 2015 ~ WOODFORD COUNTY: Woodford Co. Animal Control Warns Of Cat Shooting

Woodford County Animal Control is warning pet owners that someone is targeting cats, by shooting them with BB guns. They said over the past year, at least six pets have been hit and several cats have died in the Lanes View subdivision. The latest victim, a cat named Cinderella, was shot with a BB in the back. "She's lucky that it just hit her back and didn't do more damage, I mean a BB could potentially kill a cat," said the vet who treated Cinderella. Woodford County Animal Control said some cats have been killed in the Lanes View subdivision, where Cinderella lives. Officials said six cats, that they know of, have been hit by BB's and several are missing. Neighbors in the area have started to keep their cats inside, and keep a close watch. Woodford County Animal Control and Versailles Police are also increasing patrols in the area.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/29253843/woodford-co-animal-control-warns-of-cat-shootings
 
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June 5, 2015 ~ WHITLEY COUNTY: Man charged for cruelty to animals

    Sheriffs In Whitley County responded to a residence South of Williamsburg after the department received numerous messages containing videos of alleged animal cruelty. Sheriffs had previously visited the residence on May 19 regarding neglect of an adult dependent. On that date, the adult dependent was removed from the residence and Whitley County Animal Control was asked to respond because the residence was soiled by animal excrement and considered unsafe. Animal groups subsequently made the gruesome discovery of skeletal remains and other starving dogs and posted the information on social media. When authorities returned to the house on June 5, they found a kennel containing the remains of two dogs and one surviving dog. Five dogs were inside the residence. The owner signed paperwork releasing all of his animals and he was cited with second-degree Cruelty to Animals. The man was not arrested because his wife is in a nursing home in Williamsburg. The surviving dogs were transported to the Knox-Whitley Co. Animal Shelter and The Arrow Fund in Louisville.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/306323711.html?ref=711
 
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June 14, 2015 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: West Louisville man charged with animal cruelty

Police officers were sent to a residence in west Louisville after receiving a complaint from neighbors that a dog was tied to the wheel  of the home owner’s vehicle with no food or shelter. After officers arrived, the man came outside and began yelling and threatening his neighbors. Police ordered the man to go back inside, but he refused. Instead, he, "began yelling with regards to his dog, stating he kicks his dog every day." Police again ordered the man to go back inside. The man complied, but returned to the public sidewalk yelling obscenities. He was arrested and put into a police vehicle where, he immediately kicked out the right rear window, shattering it. The man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Link: http://www.wdrb.com/story/29320907/west-louisville-man-charged-with-animal-
cruelty
 
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June 20, 2015 ~ WARREN COUNTY: Fire claims the lives of two "Bullmastiff" dogs in house with history of animal abuse and neglect  

 A two-alarm fire has claimed the lives of two "Bullmastiff" dogs at a residence that was home to a man who allegedly has a long history of animal neglect and abuse. Inside the home firefighters discovered the remains of two dogs, which were described as "Bullmastiffs" — each weighing up to 100 pounds — in a bathroom. It is unclear if the dogs died of smoke inhalation or some other cause. The residence has been a topic of discussion on numerous occasions with city and county officials because of claims of animal abuse and neglect, of dogs being unsupervised, and the dangers for neighboring residents if the dogs got loose. The property is not fenced-in.
 
About a month before the fire approximately 13 dogs were removed from the house. The man who resided at the residence had a total of 36 charges against him for animal neglect and abuse. He previously abandoned six additional dogs that were rescued. According to officials, "One of them had a heart condition and another tried to chew the other's leg off one because they had not been fed." The breed of dogs living at the home were Presa Canarios.
 
At the time of the fire the owner was living  at the Super 8 Hotel in Danville with two dogs in his car because his house was full of dogs and "uninhabitable for any human." A neighbor said she didn't think anyone was living in the home, but said she was worried about the dogs that were inside. This was before firefighters discovered the bodies of the two dogs in the bathroom of the residence.

Link: http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/local/boyle/fire-claims-the-lives-of-two-bullmastiff-dogs-in-house/article_482908fa-17c4-11e5-b737-23621ef0bad0.html
 
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July 29, 2015 ~ JESSAMINE COUNTY: Emaciated puppy found in Nicholasville

A 6-month-old white dog was found near the trash bins of an apartment building on Beauford Place in Nicholasville and brought to the Jessamine County Animal Shelter. A veterinarian who evaluated the puppy estimated she should weigh 21 to 24 pounds, but she weighed half that. According to the Director of Jessamine Public Services,, “This is one of the most emaciated dogs our staff has seen in a very long time. It's clear by the markings on her neck that she wore a collar at one time and may have been someone's pet.  The puppy has been gaining weight and has no other health problems.

Link: http://www.kentucky.com/2015/08/10/3982753_1000-reward-offered-for-information.html?rh=1
 
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JULY 2015 

Domestic animals are not equipped to survive on their own. Many breed and create more homeless animals. On their own, they starve or freeze to death, get hit by cars, spread infectious disease, are killed by wild animals, and are used by some people as "target practice." 
 
                                                ~Source Unknown

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July 3, 2015 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY & JESSAMINE COUNTY: Two dogs found matted, emaciated rescued by The Arrow Fund  
 
   Waldo, a terrier mix, was found matted, filthy and frightened in a grassy area in the Louisville Metro area. Workers washed and shaved him and found dead tissue and a maggot infestation. Waldo also had metal and gravel in his stomach and intestines.
 
  Tonka, an English Bulldog, was found in Jessamine County severely emaciated. Workers believe the dog was thrown from a car. Tonka is suffering from extreme starvation, pneumonia, chronic vomiting and skin problems.

LINK: http://www.wave3.com/story/29478988/two-dogs-found-matted-emaciated-rescued-by-the-arrow-fund
  
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 July 4, 2015 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Fireworks tied to cat’s tail

This is Thomas Jefferson. He received his name from the workers at Louisville Metro Animal Services. He came to them on July 5th after some teenagers tied fireworks to his tail. Thomas’ tail had to be amputated.  He has been adopted and is loving and special.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/LouisvilleMetroAnimalServices/photos/a.229172400448280.64688.207877712577749/1061798973852281/?type=3&theater
 
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July 14, 2015 ~ FAYETTE COUNTY: Two Arrested After Dog Dragged by Car

Bella, a sweet Pit Bull mix, ended up in the care of Vincent OBryan after her owner died. OBryan admitted that he was sober the night he tied Bella to the bumper of his car and dragged her down the road. Jesse Durham was a passenger in the car.  OBryan eventually stopped the vehicle, untied Bella from the bumper and LEFT her in the middle of Wanda Way in Northern Lexington KY to die alone. Bella’s body was mangled and she was in unimaginable pain. The two men were arrested after witnesses called police. When police arrived at the scene, the men were loud, belligerent and causing an annoyance to their neighbors. Officers searched their home and found other animals. The men were charged with torturing a dog, terroristic threatening, disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication. The two men involved have pleaded not guilty and are facing a Grand Jury Trial. The maximum time they can serve is 5 years.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/29560717/two-arrested-after-dog-dragged-by-car
 
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AUGUST 2015 

Because animals are property, we consider as “humane treatment” that we would regard as torture if it were inflicted on humans.
 
~Gary L. Francione

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August 4, 2015 ~ EDMONSON COUNTY: Man charged with animal cruelty, horse euthanized

An Edmonson County man was arrested Tuesday and charged with animal cruelty after a malnourished horse with a severe leg injury was taken from his property and euthanized. The Edmonson County Sheriff’s department received an anonymous tip about an injured animal on property at E.G. Nash Road. Deputies responded, finding a horse with an untreated injury to its left hind leg, reportedly from getting caught in fencing. “The flesh was gone from the bone, it was just kind of hanging. There was a good eight inches of bone sticking out, it was pretty horrific.” In addition to the exposed bone, the foot on the injured leg was decayed to the point it was nearly separated.
The owner’s brother-in-law had told him to seekveterinary help for the horse, but the owner refused. The owner was arrested and charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and placed in Hart County Jail.
Deputies contacted a veterinarian who euthanized the horse.

LINK: http://www.bgdailyn
ews.com/news/man-charged-with-animal-cruelty-horse-euthanized/article_a189ce01-1fae-5201-a17b-f70871405491.html
 
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August 19, 2015 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Louisville Metro Police looking for suspects in separate pet shootings  

 Police are looking for suspects in two separate pet shootings. A Russian Blue cat named Aladdin was found dead in the garage of his family’s home. Aladdin had been shot in the neck at close range by a pellet gun. He had gotten out the night before in the Adams Run neighborhood near Beulah Church Road and apparently made it back to the garage after being shot. In another animal cruelty incident, a woman's dog was shot at point blank range. The 10-year-old dog, named Tommy had been let out in the owner's fenced-in yard. The owner said someone must have cut through the yard and left the gate open. Tommy was shot to death a block away off Taylor Boulevard near the Watterson Expressway. Police are investigating both incidents and no arrests have been made in either case.

LINK: http://www.wdrb.com/story/29846375/louisville-metro-police-looking-for-suspects-in-separate-pet-shootings
 
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 August 19, 2015 ~ PIKE COUNTY ~ Pike Co. Man Charged with Animal Cruelty and other Charges

A Pike County man has been charged with animal cruelty after he chained his dog up at an Elementary School. Pikeville Police officers received a call that someone was on Chloe Road trying to stop traffic. Officers responded to the call and found Jordan Johnson on a hillside by the Pikeville Elementary School. When the officers went behind the elementary school, they found a dog had been tied up on a drain pipe on a very short metal chain. Johnson was arrested and charged with public intoxication and cruelty to animals because he left the dog unattended when he ran away.


Link: Pikeville Police charge man with animal cruelty
http://www.wkyt.com/yourtown/locations/pike/headlines/Pikeville-Police-charge-man-with-animal-cruelty-322338912.html
 
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August 22, 2015 ~ PERRY COUNTY: Dog dumped on road near Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter dies

Hopefully, whoever did this will see what his/her irresponsible behavior has caused. Please do not think you are doing your pet justice just because you are giving yourself peace of mind by throwing your unwanted dog or cat out at our gate. This little guy was thrown out Saturday and died from injuries that could have been prevented if the owner would have accepted responsibility of their pet and at least done it enough justice to not just dump him by the road. Three weeks ago a beautiful black and white cat with a pink collar was dumped at the gate and we had to scrape him/her off the highway.
 
 
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August 25, 2015 ~ CLAY COUNTY: Puppies Found In Bag Being Nursed By Senior Rescue Dog

A teenager in Clay County was fishing when he heard whining. He searched for the source of the whining and found six puppies tied up in a plastic bag, caught on barbed wired. Inside the bag he found a rock and one puppies who had already drowned. The puppies were taken to a rescue in Richmond, KY. Two of the remaining puppies were too weak to make it through the day. The three surviving puppies were taken by Bluegrass Senior Dog Rescue in Georgetown and are currently being nursed back to health with a dog named Jade who just had 8 puppies of her own.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/29887228/puppies-found-in-bag-being-nursed-by-senior-rescue-dog
 
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SEPTEMBER 2015 

Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel.
He is the only one who inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.
 
~Mark Twain

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September 12, 2015 ~ JESSAMINE COUNTY:  Dog owner could face 19 charges of animal cruelty in Jessamine County

Jessamine County Animal Care and Control officers received complaints of animal cruelty at a home in Nicholasville . They obtained a search warrant and removed 19 dogs from the home. The conditions at the home were deplorable. According to the Director of Jessamine County Public Services, “The animals were infested with fleas and worms. We brought a veterinarian that did a brief exam on the dogs. Many were found to be anemic.” The dogs removed from the home included Chihuahuas Dachshunds and Saint Bernards. Fifteen of the dogs will be available for adoption as soon as their healthy enough to be placed in a home. The remaining four will remain in custody and used as evidence in the case. The owner is expected to be charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Dog-owner-could-face-19-charges-of-animal-cruelty-in-Jessamine-County-327197041.html
 
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 September 18, 2015 ~ CLAY COUNTY: More than two dozen dogs dumped along Clay County road

At least two dogs were hit by cars and killed in Clay County after a suspected puppy mill or animal hoarder dumped 25 dogs along side Highway 15-24.   A woman who lives nearby was able to save 10 of the dogs by putting them in the back of her husband’s pick up. Rescuers and police went out and found an additional sixteen dogs. Assisting with the recovery of the dogs were the Kentucky State Police and the Clay County Sheriff's Office.  All of the surviving dogs have various medical problems, including skin infections, upper respiratory infections, fleas, ticks, mites and eye infections. Many of the dogs are small breed Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas and Maltese.  Five of the rescued dogs were taken to Kentucky S.A.V.E.  The rest of the dogs have been transferred to the Woodstock Spay and Neuter Animal Clinic. Police believe the dogs were dumped by a white woman in a black truck.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Investigators-More-than-two-dozen-dogs-dumped-along-Clay-County-road--328343591.html
 
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September 25, 2015 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Louisville man accused of allowing 2 dogs to starve to death

Louisville Metro Animal Services received a complaint  that three dogs had been abandoned in a house on St. Xavier Street in Portland. On Sept. 22  abandonment notices were left on the homeowner’s doors. Two days later the notices were checked and dogs were heard barking inside the residence. A search warrant was issued. When someone went to the house on September 25, only one dog could be heard barking inside. The Louisville Metro Police Department was called and the search warrant was executed.  Police officers entered the residence and found two deceased dogs. A third surviving dog, covered in feces and urine, was found lying between the two dead dogs. The dog was taken to Louisville Metro Animal Services and treated for malnutrition. It was subsequently determined that the other dogs died from malnutrition.  The homeowner admitted that he owned all three dogs and that he left the dogs in a cage while he was out of town. He claimed someone was supposed to be caring for the dogs, but that he was unable to contact them while he was out of town. According to police, the homeowner admitted he had not fed the dogs for at least a week. The homeowner was arrested on Nov. 9 and charged with several felonies, including cruelty to animals, and torture of a dog or cat resulting in serious physical injury or death.

Link: http://www.wdrb.com/story/30480743/louisville-man-accused-of-allowing-2-dogs-to-starve-to-death
 
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September 2015 ~ LAUREL COUNTY: 29 Dogs Surrendered from Single Location

 Laurel County Animal Shelter received 29 dogs from the same location as a result of a hoarding/puppy mill situation. The high intake has resulted in an emergency situation in an already crowed shelter. Because many of the hoarder/puppy mill dogs have medical needs over what the shelter's adoption fee requires, these dogs are available only to non-profit rescue organizations.

LINK:  http://www.lex18.com/story/30116217/laurel-co-shelter-in-need-of-help-after-rescuing-several-dogs
 
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September 27, 2015 ~ GARRARD COUNTY: Puppy Shot With Arrow

Molly, a five month old black lab, was in the woods behind her home in the Herrineton Haven Subdivision in Garrard County on a Saturday evening. A neighbor heard a dog crying for help and went to check out the noise. The neighbor found Molly trying to drag herself on her side home with an arrow sticking out of her. The arrow hit part of Molly's spine. Molly was treated by a vet, but had to be euthanized after one month due to the severity of her injuries. Molly’s owner said there are a lot of deer in the woods near his home, but he has a hard time believing the incident was accidental. "You can tell a 5-month-old lab from a deer," he said.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/30125691/authorities-need-publics-help-finding-suspect-who-shot-dog

Update: http://www.lex18.com/story/30334219/update-puppy-shot-by-arrow-euthanized
 
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Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
 
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October 1, 2015 ~ CHRISTIAN COUNTY: Woman Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

A 25 year old Hopkinsville woman was served an arrest warrant by police for animal cruelty. According to the warrant, the woman had three dogs chained in her back yard without sufficient shelter, food or health care. An animal Control Officer seized the three dogs from the property. The woman was charged with three counts of second degree cruelty to animals.

Link: http://www.whvoradio.com/pages/22209524.php?contentType=4&contentId=18126227
 
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October 7, 2015 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY:  Woman faces animal cruelty charges after leaving puppy alone in vehicle  

A woman from Shepherdsville faces animal cruelty charges after leaving her young dog in a car unattended. The woman left her 6-month-old Chihuahua alone in her vehicle for about an hour. The passenger side window was left open and the puppy was tied to a bucket inside the vehicle. The dog jumped out of the window and died from asphyxiation because the tether tied to its  collar wasn't long enough to reach the ground. The woman faces one count of 2nd Degree Cruelty to Animals for failing to provide proper care to a dog.

Link: http://www.wdrb.com/story/30211891/woman-faces-animal-cruelty-charges-after-leaving-puppy-alone-in-vehicle
 
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October 16, 2015 ~ JESSAMINE COUNTY: Animal Control officers rescue 'emaciated, malnourished' dogs from Nicholasville house
 
Three emaciated pit bull mixes were rescued from a house in Nicholasville. Frank Ruggiero, the Animal Care and Control shelter manager, said an investigation was conducted after someone called to report that there was an emaciated dog chained to a fence behind a house. The signs of neglect are clear. The dogs’ ribs are poking out of their skin and their tails are tucked between their legs. Animal Control employees are nursing the three dogs back to health. The malnourished dogs shake in fear and are too scared to move. The oldest dog, who is about 1.5 years old, is in the worst condition. The two puppies are about a year old. A co-worker told Ruggieo that the owner was planning to pay the vet fees and to take the dogs home. However,  Ruggiero says he is preparing to ask the county attorney to charge the owner with second-degree animal cruelty. “Tell him it will all come out in court and if he has a problem with that I’ll call the sheriff right now,” replied Ruggiero. Animal Control has custody of the dogs. The dogs will probably be ready for a foster home in two to three weeks and it will probably be another three to six months before they are ready for adoption.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Animal-control-officers-rescue-emaciated-malnourished-dogs-from-Nicholasville-house--333618921.html
 
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October 21, 2015 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: Almost 80 Cats and Dogs Seized in Hoarding Case

After months of investigating, Louisville Metro Animal Services seized 66 dogs and 12 cats from a home in Jefferson County. LMAS had been dealing with the owner for several month. After they received another complaint, officers went to the home and seized one dog and ten puppies. When the homeowner would not let officers inside the house, a search warrant was obtained. Some of the rescued animals were being treated for serious skin conditions, anemia, and infections. Most of them also have severe cases of internal parasites, and bite wounds on their ears, legs, and faces. The animals weren’t abused, but they were neglected, including feces on their fur and throughout the house. The owner will likely face charges for animal cruelty but LMAS says the hoarding is usually not done on purpose.

Link: http://www.wave3.com/story/30321711/almost-80-cats-and-dogs-seized-in-hoarding-case
 
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October 27, 2015 ~ FRANKLIN COUNTY ~  Franklin County Deputies, Animal Control Discover Hoarding Situation

 
Franklin County Animal Control Officers and Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies raided a home in Frankfort after multiple complaints about the residence. Inside the home, officials found a zoo of animals living in a residence not fit for humans, let alone animals. An 8-foot-long python and a boa constrictor, along with four geese, two dogs and cats and several exotic birds were found inside the home. The owners surrendered most of the animals including a malnourished Doberman. Animal cruelty charges will likely be filed against the owners.

LINK: http://www.lex18.com/story/30363337/franklin-county-deputies-animal-control-discover-hoarding-situation
 
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October 28, 2015 ~ HENDERSON COUNTY: Dead beagle found in bucket near Humane Society

A beagle was found dead inside a bucket near the Humane Society of Henderson County.  A surveillance video shows a driver speeding past the gate and disposing of the young female beagle after the shelter had already closed.  "It had very large mammary tumors on her, it looks like she had been over bred," said Animal Control Officer Katie Crooks. "It was stuffed down inside the bucket with a plastic bag covering it." Animal Control officers are hoping to identify the individual. They say what happened is a crime.  "Neglect definitely played a part in it especially with the large mammary tumors, those don't happen over night," Crooks said.  "There was a straw found in its mouth so this animal was probably kept in a beagle hutch."  Officers are concerned this owner has other dogs. 
 
 
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There is something very foul and evil in the lives of men and women
who delight in destroying helpless life,
especially in what is known as "blood sports".

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 November 2015 ~ McCracken County: McCracken County Couple Facing Multiple Charges For Animal Abuse

A McCracken County couple is facing animal abuse charges after authorities found fourteen dogs and puppies in what's described as terrible conditions. One of the dogs was in such bad shape that an animal control officer was able to touch it's bare skull. The couple could also face charges if it's determined the dogs were used in dog fights.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/30674541/police-mccracken-county-couple-facing-multiple-charges-for-animal-abuse

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November 14, 2015 ~ JOHNSON COUNTY: Van Lear, KY: Johnson County woman charged with cruelty to animals 

Deputies responded to a call of animal negligect on property in Van Lear and found a dead dog and an emaciated dog.  According to one of the deputies, ”It was probably one of the worst things that I've seen as far as being a deputy and dealing with animals." The dead dog appeared to have been starved to death. It was still on a chain hooked up to the ground near a creek bed. The second dog was tied to a cinder block and had no food, water and shelter. The dog appeared to have a hump on its back and had apparently been raised in a rabbit cage, which was the cause of the hump. The owner of the property, a 24 year old woman, claimed the dogs did not belong to her. In response, a deputy said, "Those dogs have been there for months, there's no way you don't know there's two dogs starving to death in your back yard."  The surviving dog was taken by an animal rescue group where it is receiving care. The woman has been charged with animal cruelty.

 

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/Johnson-County-woman-charged-with-cruelty--351543571.html

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November 18, 2015 ~ MARTIN COUNTY: Man facing more than two dozen counts of animal cruelty

Martin County Sheriff's Deputies were called out to a small fire in Tomahawk and found more than a dozen dogs in poor condition. Most of the dogs had mange and fleas, and were in bad shape. The condition of the house was even worse. The floors and walls were covered with feces. The only place were the homeowner could sit was in one small area. He couldn’t lay in his bed because it was covered with feces. Twenty-seven dogs were rescued. Stray Hearts Animal Rescue took all of the dogs to the vet. Six of the dogs had mange, some had scabies, and three had heart murmurs. Two of the dogs were euthanized because they were vicious. The owner of the dogs was not arrested because of his health, and how much it would cost the county to house him in jail. He is charged with 27 counts of animal cruelty.

LINK:  http://www.wsaz.com/news/kentuckynews/headlines/Martin-County-Man-Charged-wiht-27-Counts-of-Animal-Cruelty-352222071.html
 
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November 20, 2015 ~ BOYD COUNTY: 36 Dogs Rescued

Thirty-six dogs were rescued from a small house in Ashland. The situation was described as one of the worst the animal control officer had ever seen. “Unsanitary, feces everywhere, basically a gigantic indoor dog kennel that hasn't been kept up." Food and water were not properly distributed. The homeowner, who has been charged with second degree animal cruelty, may have had good intentions, but was just in over her head. Most of the dogs taken from the home were Chihuahua mixes.

Link: http://www.wowktv.com/story/30573853/36-dogs-rescued-in-boyd-county
 
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November 20, 2015 ~ PERRY COUNTY: Puppies Abandoned at Shelter Gate

PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO NEED TO DO THIS!  Driving up toward the Kentucky Regional River Animal Shelter to park the van and get my car I noticed something setting inside the gate entrance...mind you its 32 degrees out in a coyote infested area...but as I got closer I realized it was a box of precious puppies someone had just set out!! Luckily I was transporting late and got to these babies in time. DO NOT do this people...ever. You may think you're helping these pups but you endangered them greatly!! So needless to say I'm extremely upset! But tonight these babies are going home with me!!  UPDATE: THEY HAVE GONE TO RESCUE!

Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10208226021671912&set=a.1091147322585.2015578.1343561259&type=3&theater
 
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November 20, 2015 ~ FLOYD COUNTY: Emaciated Dog

If anyone knows the where abouts of CHARLES ADKINS from Carmen Hollow Road, Besty Layne KY, please contact the Floyd County Sheriff's Office at 606-886-6171. He is wanted in questioning regarding an animal abuse and neglect charge. This is his dog. The sheriff’s Department went to his home and could not locate him. We want to find this dog before it's too late.

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10208010189756807&set=a.2311213304030.138069.1360292090&type=3&theater
 
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November 26, 2015 ~ BRACKEN COUNTY ~ Mistaken for coyote, Kentucky family's dog shot by hunter

A Bracken County family’s 2-year-old German Shepherd Dog named Kayla wandered off Thanksgiving Day. She was missing for more than 24 hours before the family found her. She had been shot by a hunter and left to die. Their neighbor, who initially denied any knowledge of the incident, subsequently claimed that he thought Kayla was a coyote chasing a deer and shot her. A Kentucky game warden said one reason Kayla was left to die is because Kentucky does not require hunters to retrieve what they shoot. Kayla suffered blood loss and underwent surgery to amputate one of her legs. Her family said they received an apology from their neighbor/hunter, but they are troubled by the ordeal. Kayla still has to undergo at least one more surgery. The sheriff's department and game warden are looking into the case.

Link: http://www.wlwt.com/news/mistaken-for-coyote-kentucky-familys-dog-shot-by-hunter/36763946
 
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The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.   
 
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December 4, 2015 ~ DAVIESS COUNTY: Owensboro man charged with animal cruelty

A Daviess County man was charged with animal cruelty after animal control officers found several emaciated dogs on his property. Five pit bull terriers were found in the man’s backyard with dirty water and no shelter. Another dog was dead inside of a building.

Link: http://www.14news.com/story/30672300/owensboro-man-charged-with-animal-cruelty
 
http://www.wlky.com/news/more-than-50-animals-rescued-during-larue-co-hoarding-case/36924512
 
 December 8, 2015 ~ DAVIESS COUNTY: Man charged with animal cruelty, accused of shooting dog in pen 

A woman called animal control to report a white dog running loose on her property. She told deputies several of her chickens had been killed and others were missing.  The woman wasn't sure if the dog was responsible. Animal control officers went to the home and set a trap. When the dog was caught, the woman put the dog in a pen, intending to call animal control to pick up the dog. Before the woman could make the call, the woman’s father-in-law pulled up in his truck and shot the dog with a 22 rifle. The father-in-law claimed the dog was a menace, running loose, and killing his son's chickens. The dog was shot twice. Both went through both sides, one in her face and one in her neck. The dog is expected to make a full recovery. The father-in law is facing animal cruelty charges.  The dog’s owner has been identified through a microchip.

Link: www.14news.com/story/30700308/daviess-co-man-charged-with-animal-cruelty-accused-of-shooting-dog-in-pen
 
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December 9, 2015 ~ Laurel Co. man accused of shooting, killing dog after trapping it in yard  

A man in Laurel County set up hunting traps in his yard and placed rabbits in cages on his back porch as bait to lure stray dogs onto his property. A dog was caught in one of the traps. A neighbor heard the dog howling in pain and went to see what was happening. The man who set the trap came out with a rifle. The neighbor told the man to release the dog and that she would take him to the vet. The man, who lives next to a day care and other residences, refused and shot the dog twice, killing it. He has been charged with second-degree animal cruelty and second-degree wanton endangerment. Those who live nearby describe the traps as hunting traps that clamp shut over an animal's leg. While neighbors are worried about stray animals, they are more concerned about the safety of children.


Link: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Laurel-Co-man-accused-of-shooting-killing-dog-after-trapping-it-in-yard-361461571.html
 
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December 11, 2015: LARUE COUNTY ~More than 50 animals rescued from Larue Co. home, owners arrested

Dozens of dogs and cats were removed from a home in Larue County and their owners have been arrested. The female owner actually started collecting animals in an attempt to help them, but at some point she became overwhelmed. More than fifty animals were living in the home in deplorable conditions. Officials became aware of the situation when the woman applied for a kennel license. When an animal control officer visited the residence to perform a mandatory inspection, he discovered dozens of dogs and cats living in the home. Some of the animals that showed signs of neglect. Investigators obtained a warrant and the female homeowner was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. Volunteers from Hardin, Jessamine, LaRue and Nelson counties removed the animals from the home. The woman’s husband was also arrested, but on unrelated charges.
 
 
UPDATE - New details in Larue County animal hoarding case released
http://www.wlky.com/news/new-details-in-larue-county-animal-hoarding-case-released/37377864

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 December 2015: DAVIESS COUNTY - Neglected, abused dog

 Sweet Cora was seized from her owners for cruelty and neglect. She was taken to the Daviess County Animal Shelter where she was  held for two months while the court case proceeded against Cora's owners. Cora was FINALLY released and went to rescue.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofDaviessCountyAnimalShelter/photos/pcb.963027093780563/963024727114133/?type=3&theater
 
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December 11, 2015 ~ FAYETTE COUNTY: 30 cats abandoned in Lexington Humane Society parking lot

Employees at the Lexington Humane Society arrived at work on Thursday to find two boxes full of cats in their parking lot. The cats and kittens, ranging in age from newborn to a couple years old, were wallowing in urine and feces, and in distress. Some of the cats had chewed through the boxes and were found in nearby bushes, trees, and storm drains. The humane society  found twenty cats on Thursday and more on Friday for a total of thirty cats. The parking lot is in an industrial area close to a busy road.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/30-cats-abandoned-in-Lexington-Humane-Society-parking-lot--361614321.html
 
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December 11, 2015 ~ PERRY COUNTY: Emaciated dog with severe injuries

Howard came into the shelter with severe injuries. The injuries appeared to have come from his body being tangled up in a chain or rope. He had also broken off all his teeth at the gums (probably trying to free himself). No information on his previous life or owners. He was taken to a vet where he is being treated for severe injuries. Howard is estimated to be about 8 years old. He is extremely emaciated with a body condition score of 2/9. Howard is also heartworm positive, has low serum protein levels (albumin at 1.7 which is a concern for delayed wound healing), and has two open wounds. The wound on his left front leg is severely necrotic and infected.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/acrossamericaboxerrescue/photos/pcb.1742617355967577/1742608389301807/?type=3&theater
 
 
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December  16, 2015 ~ LAUREL COUNTY: 100+ Animals Seized In Hoarding Case
 
Homeward Bound Rescue was raided by police for hoarding, neglecting, and abusing over 100 dogs. According to their website, Homeward Bound is  a 501C3 nonprofit rescue funded by donations and fundraising activities. They work with high kill shelters to pull dogs from death row. In November a trooper went to the property after receiving complaints and found animals living in deplorable conditions. At that time thirty dogs were removed from the property.The Rescue's Director was arrested and charged with 2nd degree animal abuse. The arrest was the result of a month long investigation into Homeward Bound. One-hundred thirty dogs living outside of the residence were removed during the recent raid.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/30776407/100-animals-seized-in-hoarding-case-in-laurel-county-fosters-needed
 

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December 21, 2015 ~ WAYNE COUNTY:  Wayne Co. man charged with stealing animals and offering to return them in exchange for sex 

A Wayne County man was arrested for stealing animals and offering to return them in exchange for sex. The crime began with the theft of 25 roosters, a goat, rooster pens, and other equipment used to keep the roosters. Texts on the victim's phone showed that the man threatened to beat the victim if he reported the theft. The victim called police and they charged the man with promoting prostitution and third degree terroristic threatening. ***Not to slander anyone, but why would anyone have 25 roosters? Also, the pens in which the stolen roosters were kept look like the ones people involved in cockfighting use. Considering Kentucky’s history of turning a blind eye to animal abuse, I doubt if any official considered the possibility or even cared that the victim might have been engaging in illegal activity.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Wayne-Co-man-charged-with-stealing-animals-and-offering-to-return-them-in-exchange-for-sex-364306371.html
 
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December 25, 2015 ~ ROWAN COUNTY: Black Lab Shot with Buckshot on Christmas Day
 
A black Labrador Retriever mix was discovered in Rowan County riddled with buckshot. The animal control officer took the dog to the vet to be euthanized due to the severity of his injuries. The Arrow Fund in Louisville was contacted and the dog, now named Marvel, was transported and placed in their care. Marvel has over 100 buckshot wounds in his chest and more in his abdomen and the rest of his body. He is being observed 24 hours a day at Blue Pearl. His breathing is especially being watched. Marvel has free air in the chest and prominent bruising in his lungs. He is stiff and painful as you can imagine. When standing he is wobbly from nerve damage. There is a pocket of fluid building under his armpit. He also is not able to properly place his front right foot, most likely from nerve damage as well. Exploratory surgery is still a possibility, especially if additional fluid builds up or if pellets shift and cause additional problems. Marvel is not out of the woods. He is receiving IV antibiotics and pain medications, and is being kept comfortable. Please keep Marvel close to your heart , he needs us all....

Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheArrowFund/photos/pcb.874840545947450/874839192614252/?type=3&theater
 
 
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December 28, 2015 ~ JEFFERSON COUNTY: LMAS investigating 4th dog found with gunshot wound 
 
A black pit bull was found in the 2,000 block of Burnett Avenue with a bullet in his leg. The wound was serious and the dog will probably have to have the leg amputated. This was the fourth dog found with gunshot wounds in that part of the city since September.  The dog is recovering in a shelter. The first dog was shot and killed. The second dog was returned to its owner.  The third dog, Zeeko, lost his leg from the gunshot and is with a rescue group. No arrests have been made in any of the cases, but according to Metro Animal Services, the person or people responsible could face serious animal cruelty charges.

Link: http://www.whas11.com/story/news/local/2016/01/04/lmas-investigating-4th-dog-found-gunshot-wound/78267504/
 
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December 29, 2015 ~ SHELBYVILLE COUNTY??:  Dog Shot in Face

Tyson’s Chance Animal Foundation was contacted by a police officer after a female dog was was found shot in the face. The dog was rushed to a vet where she was found to be stable, but in shock. The foundation named the dog Amara. She was kept sedated and monitored because her blood volume was low. Surgery was ultimately performed to remove Amara’s eye. It was also discovered that Amara had a raging ear infection, which ruptured one of her ear drums, and  that she had bitten completely through her tongue, probably when she was shot, resulting in quite a bit of damage. She will be kept very comfortable on pain medicine and antibiotics and begin the road to recovery. Despite her injuries, Amara is sweet, loving, affectionate and trusting.

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/tysonschance/photos/a.194269933930268.47008.193552750668653/1066490190041567/?type=3&theater
 
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December 2015 ~ FAYETTE COUNTY:  33 Thoroughbreds rescued after owner abandons them

The Lexington Humane Society has confiscated 33 Thoroughbreds that were abandoned at a Fayette County boarding stable. Twenty-three horses are currently being housed at the boarding stable where they were left and the humane society has taken over the complete responsibility and cost of their care. Ten other horses have been placed in homes. The man who owned the horses had not paid for their care in months. Animal control stepped in a year ago, finding the horses were not in great health, and the owner was given a deadline to claim the horses. The owner did not reclaim the horses, resulting in their confiscation.

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December 30, 2015 ~ GARRARD COUNTY:  Note claims woman's missing dog was killed

A family’s one year old Pit Bull Terrier named Clyde went missing at the end of December. Clyde was described as a beloved family pet who made friends with everyone. The only thing Clyde had a problem with was being tied up. He would break off the hook where he was tied to and roam around. Clyde broke through his chain again. His family searched for him with no luck and posted on Facebook with his photos and a plea to help find him. A few days later the family found a note taped to the stop sign at the end of the road. The very graphic note described Clyde’s fate. The note, written by one of the family’s neighbor’s, said Clyde strayed onto the wrong property and the property owner let his dogs attack him. The note stated, “I should have returned its bloody carcass, but instead I put it on the burn pile.”
Most of the neighbors knew Clyde by name and most welcomed a visit from him. Some neighbors complained, but the family was trying to train Clyde not to run away. The owner kept trying to tie him up and tried outdoor kennels as well. She had to break the news to her children, who just a few weeks ago, couldn’t get a family picture without Clyde sneaking in it. Sheriff’s Deputies came to take a report and they took the letter that was taped to the stop sign. They are investigating the case.


Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/30867176/woman-receives-disturbing-letter-about-her-missing-dog

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 JANUARY 2016 

Kentucky is the only state where it is against the law for a veterinarian to report animal abuse

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January 2016: FLOYD COUNTY ~ Martin Woman Accused of Animal Abuse
 
A concerned citizen reported to the The Martin County Police Department that a dog had been left out in the cold. When a police officer responded to the scene, he found a six to eight week old puppy chained to the end of a trailer on a chain just long enough not to choke him. The owner had not provided the puppy with any food, shelter, and water for a two week period. "You could see his ribs, hip bones. There was no plasticity in his skin, you could pull his skin and it would stay," said the responding officer. According to a vet who cared for the puppy after his rescue, the puppy would have died had the police department not intervened. The puppy, now named Zeus, is safely in foster care. At first Zeus could barely hold himself up and constantly fell over. After vet care, food, water, and a home, Zeus should make a full recovery. Zeus' owner has been charged with second-degree cruelty to animals.

Link: http://floydchronicle.com/2016/02/03/martin-woman-accused-of-animal-abuse/
 
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January 16, 2016: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Dog Found in Trash Compactor

A maintenance worker employed at the Veranda at Norton Commons apartments attempted to turn on a trash compactor, but it wouldn't start up. Upon inspection of the compactor, the worker saw a dog cage that appeared to be empty. He soon realized that it wasn't, when a dog described as a Jack Russell Terrier or beagle/terrier mix stuck its head out of the cage. The dog had a few scrapes and bruises, but otherwise was in good health. The worker said he was familiar with the dogs living in the complex and that the dog did not belong to any of the residents. The dog was taken to Louisville Metro Animal Services. He didn't have a microchip nor any identification tags. It is unknown if the dog is missing, had been stolen, or (hopefully not) was put into the compactor by his family on purpose.  LMAS is seeking help in finding the dog's humans, or the people responsible for putting the dog in the trash compactor.

Link: http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2016/01/please-help-information-on-dog-found-in-trash-compactor-needed/
 
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January 19, 2016:  FLOYD COUNTY ~ Martin Police rescue three dogs in one week 

The Martin City Police department has recently received numerous calls about neglected dogs. In one week three incidents of animal cruelty were reported. According to a police officer with the department, "The first one, a dog got shot by a shotgun. We investigated it and got it back to the owner. The second one was the housing alliance, they had a puppy that someone just dropped off"  The most recent call involved a six to eight week old puppy that had been chained up outside for weeks without water, food or shelter. The puppy, now named Zeus, should make a full recovery. The other dogs are expected to survive as well.

LINK: http://www.wymt.com/content/news/Martin-Police-rescue-three-dogs-in-one-week-365833681.html
 
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January 19, 2015: CALLOWAY COUNTY ~ Dog rescued from abuse, search for person responsible underway

A good Samaritan noticed a dog crate next to a dumpster on Chris Drive in Murray.  He eventually discovered a dog was inside the crate and took her to the nearest pet store. The dog?s muzzle was taped shut. Her rescuers believe she was outside for hours, soaking wet in the cold, and left to die in her crate. The dog also had bruises on her muzzle and her ribs. She is currently being cared for by Lost, but Loved Animal Rescue. The director of the rescue said considering the fear and pain the pup went through, she is lucky to be alive. "To tape her mouth shut and put her in a cat crate next to a dumpster when we're supposed to get sleet ice and snow is a death sentence for her.?  The Murray Police Department is investigating this as a case of animal cruelty. They hope someone will come forward with information on who did this. The crime is punishable by one year in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Link: http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/31015988/dog-rescued-from-abuse-cold-search-for-person-responsible
 
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January 2016: DAVIESS COUNTY ~  Dog Starved and Left Outside in Inclement Weather

An animal control officer went to a residence to investigate a dog who had been left outside without shelter after receiving a call from a concerned citizen. What the officer found was HORRIFIC. The dog, a young Boxer named Dre, was left outside during below freezing temperatures. He was immediately taken to an emergency vet, but his body shut down and the only humane thing to do was to euthanize him. A examination from a licensed veterinarian concluded that Dre died from starvation and exposure to the elements.  His stomach was empty except for a few rocks. The owners have been charged with 2nd degree animal cruelty for their dog's death.

Link: http://3dprintinghome.net/dog-starved-evil-couple-forced-eat-rocks-survive-finally-euthanized-please-share/
 
 
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 FEBRUARY 2016 

Kentucky is the only state that does not prosecute a person for breeding or owning an animal for the purpose of fighting.

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February 3, 2016: DAVIESS COUNTY ~ 4 charged with animal cruelty after 48 dogs seized from property

Forty-eight dogs were seized from property near the 6800 block of Pond River Road after someone reported that the dogs were living in poor conditions. Several dogs were living outside with an inch of animal waste on the floor of their kennels while others were living inside a building in dark, wet conditions with animal waste everywhere.  Several dogs on the property were living in boxes or cages that were too small for the animal. All of the dogs, sixteen of which were puppies, were taken to the Daviess County Animal Shelter. A veterinarian who examined the dogs said most of them had poor hygiene, skin issues, possible parasites, bite marks and other health problems. Four people have been charged with second-degree animal cruelty.

Link: http://www.14news.com/story/31144395/4-charged-with-animal-cruelty-after-48-dogs-seized-from-property

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 February 3, 2016: CHRISTIAN COUNTY ~Man charged in city dog shooting incident

A man allegedly saw a dog in the backyard of an unoccupied residence across the street from his house. He claims he was trying to lock the dog in the fenced yard when the dog charged at him.The man shot the dog three times. The dog later died. The owner of the unoccupied house said she saw the man chasing the dog, but did not see what happened. The man was charged with discharging a firearm in the city, animal cruelty and wanton endangerment. His weapon was taken into evidence.


Link: http://www.theeaglepost.us/news/article_f364f012-cfa7-11e5-bd4f-abeef7b9503d.html

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February 6, 2016: CALLOWAY COUNTY ~ 19 people cited for animal cruelty after Kentucky State Police discover illegal cockfighting ring

State troopers went to Protemus Road in Lynn Grove and discovered more than 30 dead gamecocks as well as over 35 live roosters and hens. A small camper and box trailer on the property were being used to house the live poultry.  Nineteen people were cited for cruelty to animals, including the owner of the building. The camper, the box trailer and approximately $4,000 in cash were taken from the scene.  The poultry was turned over to the Humane Society of Calloway County.

Link: http://www.wbtv.com/story/31162625/ksp-investigating-cockfighting-event-in-lynn-grove-ky

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 February 10, 2016: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ 2 puppies freeze to death, 2 survive when abandoned outside in box

A garbage truck driver was working his route along National Turnpike when he discovered four puppies in a plastic bin. The bin was next to a dumpster so the puppies could not get out. Two of the puppies froze to death before being found. According to the truck driver, "There was no way for them to get out, no water, no blankets, nothing in there with them." He put the two surviving puppies in his truck to warm them and then took them to the Kentucky Humane Society. The puppies, now named Gregory and Sampson, will be available for adoption.

Link: http://www.wdrb.com/story/31192826/garbage-truck-driver-discovers-rescues-puppies-abandoned-by-dumpster

 
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 Family dog shot in head
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February 16, 2016: PERRY COUNTY ~ Dog Abandoned Near Shelter Hit and Killed by Car

The driver of a green SUV pulled to the side of the road and dumped a brindle dog on Highway 80 just yards from the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter in Perry County. One of the 18 security cameras around the property captured the animal abandonment on surveillance video. The SUV may be a Ford Explorer. On the video you can see the dog run out and then the car pulling away. Officials at the animal shelter believe the dog walked around the area for about 4 or 5 hours before walking off towards Knott County. The dog was later found dead on the highway. Kentucky state law prohibits anyone from abandoning an animal and a sign at the shelter states you are not allowed to abandon animals.  A reward has been offered for the arrest/conviction of the person who dumped the dog who could face second degree animal cruelty charges.

Link:  http://www.wymt.com/content/news/Officials-at-Perry-County-animal-shelter-looking-for-owner-of-abandoned-dog-369725981.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_WYMT-TV
 
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February 16, 2016: JESSAMINE COUNTY ~ Starving Dogs Rescued From Home

Two starving dogs were found outside a Nicholasville home in Jessamine County. Animal control workers say they believe if they hadn't rescued one of the dogs when they did, it may not have made it through the night. Snicker was so weak that he was unable to lift his head when rescuers approached him. Boo, the healthier of the two, was able to stand on her own. An animal control officer said Snicker "had to be literally carried to the truck. When we sat him in there we tried to stand him up, but he immediately fell forward and collapsed." Boo was taken to the Jessamine County Animal Shelter, but Snicker was taken to a vet?s office receiving treatment. "It's something that didn't happen overnight, it's been a long process that these animals have not been fed on a consistent basis," he said. The owner of the dogs is facing criminal charges.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Starving-dogs-rescued-from-Jessamine-County-home-owner-facing-charges-369341471.html
 
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February 22, 2016:  BOYD COUNTY ~ Suitcase packed with puppies left on Kentucky road

Two people traveling on a road in Grayson saw a suitcase on the road. They noticed the suitcase was moving and and stopped to investigate. Seven puppies were inside the suitcase. The puppies were hungry and their suitcase was full of animal waste, but all are expected to survive.

LINK: http://www.local8now.com/content/news/Suitcase-packed-with-puppies-left-on-Kentucky-road-369744411.html
 
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February 15, 2016:  JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Angry trucker glued puppy's tail to her body

 An enraged trucker used his 40-ton rig like a weapon and tried to run cars and school buses off the road on Interstate 65. He crashed into several vehicles and left the scene. When the truck driver was stopped by police, a puppy with her tail and legs glued together was found inside the semi's cab. The 8-week-old German Shepherd mix puppy was transported to Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) where employees named her Gigi. For several days GiGi was in critical condition, but she is doing better and under the constant loving care of the shelter's medical staff. The trucker driver was hauling 40 tons of landscaping timber from his home in Harlingen, TX to Ohio when the incident occurred. He told police that he "snapped," was tired of the way people treated truckers, and didn't want to work that day. The truck driver has  charged with criminal mischief, wanton endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.  He also will be charged with animal abuse.


Link: http://www.wect.com/story/31223864/lmas-angry-trucker-glued-puppys-tail-to-her-body
 
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February 2016: ESTILL COUNTY ~ Man charged after 5 horses found severely malnourished, mistreated

 In late December a county employee observed what he thought to be a dead horse lying on the ground at a farm in Estill County. When he moved closer to get a better look, he saw that the horse was breathing. The employee notified county officials and the County Judge Executive and Animal Control Officer went to the farm. The County Judge Executive said, "I've dealt with horses for several years and I've never been on a site and seen a horse in that bad of shape." The horse was so malnourished, it had to be euthanized. Four other horses were also at the farm. Their only source of food was molded corn and black hay. In addition, the horses did not have any source of water. Photos of the horses were taken by the animal control officer, but were deemed to be too disturbing and gruesome to be aired or posted. The four surviving horses were rescued. Three are in foster care and one is at the Estill County Animal Shelter being nursed back to health. This week the owner of the horses was arrested and charged with five counts of animal cruelty - 2nd degree, which are all misdemeanors. This wasn't the first time the county received complaints about how the owner cared for his animals. The County Judge Executive has stated that, "We will fight this tooth and toenail in the court of law that this man never has another animal."

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Man-charged-after-5-horses-found-severely-malnourished--mistreated--368566641.html
 
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February 26, 2016: LOGAN COUNTY ~ Logan County Humane Society board member facing cruelty to animals charge
 
The Logan County Sheriff's Office received complaints that a Logan County Humane Society board member was neglecting her horses.   Police searched two properties owned by the board member and found five horses living in extremely dirty stalls. In addition, the horses' hooves had not been trimmed and their teeth had not been checked for a long time. One horse had hardly any hair. The board member/property owner admitted the horses had been neglected, but excused her behavior by saying, she "had been working and had not had much time to mess with them." She had been unanimously voted onto the board by its members in February and served less than two weeks before resigning. The horses are still on the property and are under the care of a veterinarian and farrier until other arrangements can be made.  Three deer, two possums, a raccoon and a squirrel that were also on the property were placed in the care of Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary. Those animals were healthy and did not appear to be neglected. The board member is facing a charge of Cruelty To Animals.

Link: http://www.wbko.com/content/news/Logan-County-Humane-Society-board-member-facing-cruelty-to-animals-charge-370131021.html
 
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 MARCH 2016 

In KY the felony provision only applies to the SECOND offense of animal cruelty and even then it is RARELY used.

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March 1, 2016: MORGAN COUNTY ~ Horses found abandoned; criminal charges possible

Kentucky State police received a report that two horses had been abandoned on property along state Route 364 in Morgan County. When troopers went to the property, they discovered two horses in extremely poor condition. A vet was called to the scene and Morgan County Animal Rescue stepped in to help care for both horses. Criminal charges are pending against the owner.

Link: http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Horses-found-abandoned-criminal-charges-possible-370747501.html

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 March 2016: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Lost Dog Burned with Chemicals

Two dogs were missing for nine days. When they were found, one of the dogs, Luke, had an injury on his back. The vet who is treating Luke believes that someone threw chemicals on Luke while he was lost
 
 
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 March 15, 2016: MARTIN COUNTY ~ Puppies Left in Bucket

Nine babies were found in a bucket in Evans Hill in Martin County. They were so young that their eyes weren't even open yet. Luckily, a foster home with a female dog that was producing milk was found and the puppies are safe.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/259057940962045/photos/a.259704070897432.1073741828.259057940962045/499321083602395/?type=3&theater
 
 
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March 17, 2016: ROCKCASTLE COUNTY - Puppies Dumped on side of Road


Eight puppies were found on the side of the road in a crate in Rockcastle County. The puppies appear to be about 4-5 weeks old at the most!!!! They were taken to the local animal shelter and have been rescued.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofRockcastleCountyAnimalShelter/photos/a.472774502878627.1073741831.469311296558281/501740823315328/?type=3&theater
 
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March 18, 2016: CLARK COUNTY: Small dog found in trash

An unknown person abandoned a severely neglected dog in a pile of trash in Clark County. The small Yorkshire Terrier mix was found covered in garbage near a dumpster at Almond Street. She weighed less than seven pounds and had multiple injuries. The shelter took the dog to a vet clinic, but she died as a result of severe infection. Shelter officials said the dog appeared to be severely neglected. "Our hope was that we would get her treatment and she would recover and she would know the love that dogs deserve, that all animals deserve, in a home," said the director of the Clark Co. Animal Shelter. "But she didn't get that chance."

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Clark-County-animal-shelter-offering-reward-in-case-of-abused-dog-that-died-372972051.html
 
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 March 2016: LINCOLN COUNTY ~ Dog with broken leg dumped

This dog was found near a creek in an area known as a dumping ground for animals. He is friendly. He attempted to walk up to a truck when someone stopped to investigate and the person in the truck discovered the dog had a broken leg. The dog also had skin problems. He was taken to  PCAS and has been adopted and will be seen by a vet.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204087713191561&set=a.1696575272680.68199.1786807164&type=3&theater
 
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March 30, 2016: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Four premature puppies found near Louisville dumpster 

A young man in Louisville found 4 four-week-old puppies near a dumpster and immediately contacted Louisville Metro Animal Services.  The smallest puppy now named Birdie needed intensive care. She is currently in critical condition and must be fed via an IV and syringes every two hours. According to a spokesperson for LMAS, when Birdie arrived at the shelter ?her body temperature could not be detected. She is being fostered by one of our vet techs and she is making amazing progress." All of the puppies will remain with LMAS until they are well enough to be fostered or adopted.

Link: http://www.wdrb.com/story/31600966/four-pre-mature-puppies-found-near-louisville-dumpster
 
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March 2016: LAWRENCE COUNTY ~ Cat Colony Poisoned

For many years Lawrence County Humane Society members and some other citizens have been tending to a colony of feral cats behind Burger King and the old Foodland in Louisa, KY. A volunteer recently went to feed them and discovered someone had poisoned some of the cats as well as had destroyed their bedding and weather protection. Some cats were already dead and others were dying. This was an evil act by a cruel person to innocent babies who were bothering no one. What a cruel death they suffered. A volunteer was rudely questioned a few days later for this malicious, evil attack and was told she was in violation of the law, asking her why she was taking care of those cats. That is so untrue.
 
 
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 March 31, 2016: ROWAN COUNTY ~ Suspected Gunshot Wound

A 15 pound female Jack Russell Terrier, now named Taffy, was in critical condition after being found in Morehead, Kentucky with two large wounds - suspected gunshot wounds. She was transported to the Arrow Fund in Louisville where their surgeon recommended immediate exploratory surgery due to area of wounds. Surgery showed that Taffy?s urinary tract was only bruised, causing significant pain. Taffy is doing as good as can be expected. She is at Blue Pearl and has already learned to cry, so that she can get attention.

Link: http://thearrowfund.org/new-case-3/
 
 
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March 2016:  LAUREL COUNTY ~ Dog repeatedly abused

This is Blue, who was pulled from the shelter in Laurel County, KY and subsequently adopted. It appears he may be 8-10 years old. Blue wasn't well and was taken to the vet where he had a full body x-ray. It revealed Blue was badly abused in his previous life. He has had multiple broken ribs and twp broken legs. Blue is just another example of what way too many people in the state of Kentucky find acceptable. Blue's vet bill was almost $1000.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204783788029272&set=a.
 
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 APRIL 2016 

Kentucky's shelter law does not clearly define what constitutes adequate shelter for animals outside. ~Unknown Source

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APRIL 2, 2016:  UNKNOWN COUNTY - Collie in Horrid Environment

Duke, a collie, lived in an inside home, then was sold to an individual who chained him outside for the last 2 years on a short chain. Duke was deprived of love and any positive interaction. The new owner transported Duke in the back of his pickup truck in a box that was meant for a beagle. Duke was literally crammed in the box. Duke was rescued and transported to the Arrow Fund in Louisville. Upon arrival, Duke's back end and hip were very stiff. He was clearly in pain, a lot of pain.  He also was a mess underneath his long coat from living in the elements.  After evaluation by a surgeon, it was determined that Duke has long been suffering and required immediate FHO surgery (Femoral head ostectomy (FHO) is a surgical procedure that removes the head and neck from the femur). After surgery, the board certified surgeon stated, "It was the worst FHO I have seen in years." Duke had a terrible, chronic fracture with thick scar tissue. He underwent gastropexy (surgical operation in which the stomach is sutured to the abdominal wall or the diaphragm) and was neutered as well. Duke is an amazing boy , his spirit is so gentle and kind. This case is under investigation and no details are being disclosed at this time.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheArrowFund/photos/pcb.928972717200899/928964260535078/?type=3&theater
 
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April 13, 2016: ANDERSON COUNTY ~ Anderson Co. Man Accused Of Animal Cruelty After Dog Found Chained Up, Dead  

A man in Anderson County chained his 16 year old Miniature Pinscher outside and left the dog there for two week without food, water, or shelter, resulting in the dog's death. The man said he put the dog outside because it was having accidents in the house. The dog, who was found behind the man's house on Ripy Street, was emaciated and appeared to have been dead for several days. A witness reported claimed that the man kicked the dog and left it outside in the rain and the cold. When officers found the dog, its legs were broken. According to court documents, the man admitted he was responsible and said he knew it was not the right way to treat an animal. The man was not jailed because he was charged with second-degree animal cruelty, which is a misdemeanor offense. According to the police chief, a person must be accused of allowing their dog to fight before they can be charged with felony animal cruelty. The man promised to bury his dog, but when officers came back to his house the dog was still in the yard. The dog's remains were sent to UK Hospital for testing.  In February, the man had been arrested and sprayed with pepper spray in the parking lot of the sheriff's office because he appeared to be drunk and he was swearing at officers.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/31710600/anderson-co-man-accused-of-animal-cruelty-after-dog-found-chained-up-dead
 
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 April 16, 2016: Lawrenceburg, KY ~Another dead dog found on Ripy St.

Just a few days after a man was charged with allowing his chained dog to starve to death, another dog that lived two houses away has been killed. The 9-pound Miniature Pinscher/Terrier mix dog Lena died after being shot two times with a pellet gun. Lena was something of an "escape artist" and sometimes was able to get out of her fenced yard. When Lena did not return on her own, her family started looking for her. A short time later the family?s 9-year-old discovered Lena beneath some steps in their back yard. Lena was taken to a local  veterinarian to determine the cause of death. X-rays showed that Lena had two pellet wounds, including one that went through her body just above the heart. The incident is being investigated as a shooting. News of the Lena's death traveled quickly on social media and others to say that other animals on the street have been shot or are missing, including at least two cats.

Link: http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/another-dead-dog-found-ripy-st
 
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April 17, 2016: FAYETTE COUNTY ~ Lexington man is charged with torturing, killing small dog


A Lexington man threw a small dog into a pond and then struck it with a broom repeatedly. The dog died. The man is facing a felony charge of torturing a dog to serious physical injury or death.

Link: http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article72406672.html
 
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April 20, 2016: LINCOLN COUNTY ~ Dog Stolen and Killed

An unknown person or persons trespassed on property in the Neal's Creek area of Lincoln County and stole a Beagle named Snickers. They subsequently returned Snickers DEAD - and put him in his dog house.  

Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1095097700532508&set=o.806714799378735&type=3&theater

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MAY 2016 

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual
superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot. ~Mark Twain

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May 3, 2016: JACKSON COUNTY ~ Dog Hoarding

Forty dogs were being kept at one home in rural Jackson County. Neighbors became concerned because dogs were everywhere and they reported the homeowner to authorities. The homeowner had good intentions, but became overwhelmed and was not able to properly care for all of the dogs. Nine of the dogs were malnourished. The dogs were removed from the property and are a in temporary shelter. The homeowner plead guilty to charges of cruelty to animals. He is being allowed to keep four of the dogs if he gets them spayed/neutered. He must also pay $1,500 in fines.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/Clip/12414644/dog-hoarding

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May 6, 2016: LETCHER COUNTY ~ Dog found dead and skinned in Letcher County

A Rottweiler Mix was found dead along Arthurs Loop in Blair Branch. The dog had been tortured and most of the dog's skin had been peeled off. Someone associated with the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter called it the most horrifying case of dog abuse she's seen in 10 years working with the shelter, commenting that this horrendous crime was not the result of an animal attack. The skin had been cut with a scissors or knife "an intentional act done by humans."  A necrospy will determine the exact cause of the dog's death. The dog's name was Jazz and he had been missing from home for three days. His owners are not suspected of having anything to dog with the dog's death.
 
Link: http://www.wymt.com/content/news/Dog-found-dead-and-skinned-in-Letcher-County-378483745.html

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May 8, 2016: DAVIESS COUNTY: Pot Bellied Pig Living in Filth

 Lollipop, a Pot Bellied Pig/Vietnamese Pot Bellied Mix, was kept inside a VERY small trailer/shed. The floor was ankle deep in muck - feces, urine, rotten food, stagnant water. When the door to this living hell was opened, the slime and muck literally poured out of the enclosure like a waterfall. Lollipop was living in her own filth for years, with no escape, no relief.  She was very underweight for a pig her size when rescued. Lollipop deserves a real home. One where the needs of an intelligent, social creature are understood. She needs to feel the sun on her back and have nourishing food fed to her daily.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofDaviessCountyAnimalShelter/photos/ms.c.eJw9yMkNACAMA7CNUNMjTfZfDIkHfhqRTYzdKVX54AURywSJHwpPW3sBAVoKIA~

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 May 9, 2016: LINCOLN COUNTY ~ Animal control removes dogs from Lincoln residence

Lincoln County Animal Control received complaints about several small dogs living outside and inside a mobile home in questionable conditions.  Sheriff's Deputies went to the residence on Hick's Road that was owned by a woman who had been arrested and incarcerated on May 5 on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Several dogs were found outside the mobile home. Two dogs were in outdoor cages behind the trailer and other dogs were roaming on the property. The dogs were mixture of Yorkshire Terriers and other small dog breeds. Someone had been observed on May 11 giving the dogs food and water, but a video circulating on social media raised concern among local animal activists. The Lincoln County Animal Control Officer and deputies removed the dogs that were in cages outside from the property. The dogs inside the home were allowed to remain in the owner's custody since there had been evidence of them being fed and watered. According to neighbors, dogs barking on the property had been a nuisance for some time. The incarcerated owner was released on bond on May 9, but was arrested 24 hours later on an aggravated DUI charge. She will have the opportunity to reclaim the dogs removed from the property within seven days, but must provide proof that the dogs are up to date on required vaccinations. 

Link: http://www.centralkynews.com/theinteriorjournal/news/local/lincoln_county/animal-control-removes-dogs-from-lincoln-residence/article_5e738628-186b-11e6-8e19-77d673e38ab8.html#.Vzclfsh0uSg.facebook

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May 12, 2016: CLINTON COUNTY ~ Momma cat and kittens in terrible condition

This mound of kittens was at the Tri County Animal Shelter in Albany, KY. They are piled on top of their mother. When a volunteer went to take photos of cats needing rescue in the cat room, she made her way to one of the cages where a poor little kitten was screaming. She picked up the kitten and discovered that the pitiful little baby was being eaten alive by maggots. A hole, the size of a finger and about as deep, was hollowed out in its little scrawny side. The volunteer examined the kitten's litter mates and found another little kitten had maggots eating and hollowing under its tail. The volunteer was dumbfounded and appalled. After frantically making phone calls, the kittens and momma cat were transported to an emergency vet. Two of the kittens had to be euthanized as they were to the point of no return. All were full of coccidia, worms, ear mites, and had urinary track infections. The volunteer is in disbelief, "How can a human being in their right mind allow this to happen? These cats were friendly, so I know they had to belong to someone." The surviving cat and kittens have been rescued.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=238973646470532&set=pcb.238974609803769&type=3&theater

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June 2016

Kentucky ranks #50 for animal protection laws while Illinois remains at first place for the eighth year in a row. 

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June 16, 2016: LAUREL COUNTY ~ A litter of 4 week old puppies left in a ditch in Laurel County

 photo LaurelCountypuppy.png Employees of the water company found a young litter of puppies in a ditch in Laurel County and posted their picture on Facebook. Volunteers at the Laurel County Animal shelter saw the photo and immediately rescued them.  Originally there were 10 puppies, but one did not survive. The rescued puppies were in pretty bad condition. "They were weak. They had been out in the sun for we don't know how long," said a volunteer. The group helped nurse them back to health and now they are playful and healthy.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Litter-of-puppies-abandoned-in-ditch-rescued-by-Laurel-County-shelter-volunteers--383573881.html
 
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JUNE 21, 2016: MARTIN COUNTY ~ Newborn Puppies found in empty dog food bag in creek

 photo 13521944_1324553677572267_7046379358340064995_n.jpg    photo 13445416_1324553700905598_6099491878246792236_n.jpg An unknown person or persons put nine newborn puppies in an empty dog food bag, a brand often used by hunters, in left it in a creek. Four of the puppies died. Due to a huge team effort and three rescues, five of these babies are safe and have been placed with a rescue with a nursing mother. There is a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the sub-human who did this.
 
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JUNE 22, 2016: CLINTON COUNTY ~ Sick Kitten Found Dead at Shelter
 

 photo 13516221_10208433620232540_5139449597995150801_n.jpg   photo 13502000_10208433618632500_8491957176635609002_n.jpg This kitten was found dead when volunteers went to the Tri County Animal Shelter in Clinton County. The shelter serves three counties and is underfunded and understaffed. Animals at the shelter are kept in less than ideal conditions. The volunteers named the dead kitten Layla.  Layla was taken to the UK diagnostics lab to determine the cause of her death. Volunteers are going to have her cremated. When people began complaining about the conditions at the shelter, volunteers were banned and the shelter closed to the public.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/chelsey.daffron/posts/10208433625352668

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JUNE 22, 2016: WOLFE COUNTY ~ Acid Thrown on Puppies

 photo 13521956_10153663657186200_4199778463007390534_n.jpg A woman from Campton let her dogs out to play and fed them before going to work. When she returned home later in the day she went to the kennel out behind her house to feed and water her dogs and puppies. She noticed the mother dog was stressed out as if she had been fighting and in protection mode. The woman then noticed that someone had poured some kind of acid onto the puppies' backs. She said  her dogs were not the only victims of abuse. Her grandmother, who lived not far from her had a dog who had been shot in the leg. Other pet owners in the area said their pets had also been hurt recently. Law enforcement was contacted, they could not move forward with an investigation because they had no proof of who was responsible. The woman was advised to contact animal control. She is offering a $100 reward for any information as to who hurt her puppies.

Link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/KYNEWSWEATHER/permalink/611512215693843/

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 JUNE 23, 2016: HOPKINS COUNTY ~ 'Good Samaritan' Rescues Starving Thoroughbred

 A Good Samaritan spotted a starving horse in a pasture and reported it. Besides being starved, the horse also had worms. The 10 year old thoroughbred is now being cared for by the Hopkins County Humane Society  and is expected to make a slow, but steady recovery. "The owner told us he could not get the horse to eat," said HCHS Director. "Once we moved the horse to a grassy area, the horse was eating just fine." The director explained there was no grass or clover in the pasture for the animal to eat, only thorns and brush. Shelter officials said there were other horses at the location, which had six pastures. The shelter is concentrating on finding care for the starved horse with the help of the community and local veterinarians, since there are no accommodations to transport or house large animals at the local facility. Citing lax animal cruelty laws in the state, the shelter says there are no current plans to press charges against the animal owner.

Link: http://surfky.com/index.php/hopkins/hopkins-county-news/110016-good-samaritan-rescues-starving-thoroughbred

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JUNE 24, 2016: LAUREL COUNTY~ Severely Neglected Puppy Getting Boost From Community

 photo 10856085_G.jpg A Good Samaritan found a puppy on the side of the road in Laurel County.  The 6 month old hound mix named Daphne was suffering from demodectic mange, intestinal parasites, dehydration, and running a fever of more than 103 degrees. She was taken to Advanced Animal Care in Richmond, Ky for medical treatment. According to a rescuer who helped rescue Daphne, "I have never seen a dog in that condition." Daphne is receiving five medications and has been getting fluids intravenously. Employees at the clinic say it is the second worst case of neglect they have ever seen. The owners of Daphne are known to the rescuer.  They have another dog who is in not quite as bad of shape, but the rescuer believes it is only a matter of time before the second dog suffers like Daphne. The rescuer contacted state police and Laurel County animal control, but was told they could not remove the second dog from the owners.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/32308288/severely-neglected-puppy-getting-boost-from-community

 

 photo 13516550_10154152646657420_273896128271757752_n.jpg This is a photo of the litter mate of Daphne the mange dog above. This dog is still on the property with the owner. What do you think? Does this look like the face of a healthy dog!!????  In a short time this dog will end up in the shape she is in.... Laurel county will not help!

Link: https://www.facebook.com/tsizemore91177/posts/10154152665902420

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 JUNE 28, 2016: 43 Emaciated Horses Found on Mercer Co. Farm

 photo 8616301_G.jpg Forty-three horses were discovered at Beacon Hill Farm, a boarding operation managed by a well known horse trainer and owned by her father. In May, officials in Mercer County were notified that emaciated horses were on the property and that no one was giving them water or feeding them. Following an investigation, six of the most sickly horses were removed from the property. Volunteers and local law enforcement have been caring for the remaining  horses, relying on donations to help feed and care for them. One of the volunteers said photos of the horses don?t capture the horses? true condition. Some of the horses had deep sores and hoof damage, and some were so dehydrated that rescuers couldn't read the tattoos to tell who owned the horses. The volunteer commented, "This could not have happened in a little bit of time. This happened over months and years." The trainer/farm manager, who trained a horse that won the Breeder's Cup Sprint last fall, has not returned phone calls and the Kentucky Racing Commission has her license on hold for failing to pay creditors. The trainer's father has been charged with 43 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals. A warrant has been issued for the trainer/daughter. The Thoroughbred Retired Foundation has taken on all six of the horses removed from the farm. The rest of the horses have not been released.


Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/32331288/state-seizes-four-horses-from-mercer-county-farm

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July 2016

Animals don?t make me cry. What humans do to animals does.

~Anthony Douglas Williams 

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 JULY 2016: ELLIOTT COUNTY ~ Social media has assisted Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies and Kentucky State Police to the rescue of 20 mistreated dogs

   photo 13557932_10201950299437161_9103487017758829005_n.jpg  photo 13606944_1765886606959682_43662735701244906_n.jpg Someone witnessed a man stuffing dogs from the stockyards in Paintsville, KY in the back of his trunk. The witness took photo and posted them on Facebook. Concerned people saw the photos and began to call law enforcement. After tracing the man to Elliott County, Kentucky State Police were able to arrest him on outstanding warrants. The dogs were found on the man?s property. Three dogs were chained to barrels as housing and the others chained with no shelter. None had water or food. According to state police, most of the dogs were in poor condition and emaciated.  "You could see their bones." The "trunk dogs", as they have come to be known, were transported to safety. The man refused to release the dogs so the dogs will have to be fostered until the courts make a decision.

Link: http://www.wymt.com/content/news/Several-dogs-rescued-in-Elliot-County-385391721.html

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 JULY 7, 2016: ROWAN COUNTY ~ Animal Neglect

 photo 13627085_10154043533441077_9115647465312519655_n.jpg   photo 13645292_10154043536481077_9112823407597310239_n-1.jpg This is Sweet Nell. Why would anyone allow a dog to get to this point? She is about 12 years old. How many years has she been in such awful shape? She was stuffed in a car and deliberately dumped in an unfamiliar area by someone who knew she was  unable to see. Winding up at the Tri-County Shelter in Clearfield, KY is obviously a step up for Nell. But she is so needy. She has severe eye issues and cannot see. We don't even know if the eyeballs are intact in there. The tumor hanging from her belly is ripped and bleeding. She cannot lay comfortably. She is so sweet. She melts into your hands to be petted. She is so gentle. She gave kisses. She deserved a hell of a lot better than she was dealt.

 List of her issues:

-The tumor is a huge, hard mammary tumor
-She was loaded with ticks and fleas
-She has hook, whip and tape
-She is heartworm positive
-She has erhlichia
-She has discharge that may be pyometra
-She has a nickle size mass in her lung
-Her third eyelids are inflamed from most likely a combination of conjunctivitis and her pain level. Her eyeballs are intact and we think she can see if we can get the inflamation down in her third eyelids.
-She has some infected skin areas
-Her lower canines are broken and worn to the nub
-Her ears are icky, but she can hear.

She is currently resting on strong pain meds at a vet?s office. Surgery will be risky due to her HW status and having erhlichia (can cause bleeding).


Link: https://www.facebook.com/julia.sharp.5/posts/101540435

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 JULY 12, 2016: JOHNSON COUNTY ~ Puppy Disposed of Like Garbage

 photo 13615206_858028344330532_2230054550637883777_n.jpg Someone went for a time about 3.5 miles up 201 near a creek in Johnson County and found a garbage bag with a box in it. Inside the box was a dead puppy. The bag had blood in it and the puppy looked like it had been cut open. The puppy hadn?t been there long because it wasn?t wet and it had been raining prior to the gruesome discovery.


Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=858028344330532&set=a.236862819780424.60427.100003701232916&type=3&theater

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JULY 14, 2016: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Woman arrested for dead dog found in 2014

A Louisville woman has been charged with animal cruelty more than two years after officials found a deceased dog in a dumpster at her apartment. The woman allegedly left her dog outside in 90-degree heat without any food and water in 2014, which resulted in the dog's death. Louisville Metro Animal Services received calls from several neighbors who observed the deceased dog on the woman?s third-floor balcony. Responding officers could not get access to the dog. The woman returned to her apartment and was observed by neighbors removing the dog from the balcony and throwing it in a dumpster. The neighbors again called LMAS. The dog was removed from the dumpster and sent to a lab for a necropsy. Tests revealed the dog died from dehydration and starvation. In a written statement the woman admitted she owned the dog and put it in the dumpster. In November 2015, the same woman allegedly failed to control a pit bull that attacked and bit a woman walking a small terrier. Neighbors identified the woman as the owner of the dog, which was also involved in another attack investigation. The woman denied she owned the dog and said she did not know the owners. She has been charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and failure to control an animal by an owner, both misdemeanors.

Link: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/crime/2016/07/14/woman-arrested-dead-dog-found-2014/87073402/

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 JULY 15, 2016: FLOYD COUNTY ~  Floyd County deputies searching for two after finding dead dog in home

 photo dog295.jpg A  deputy was serving a warrant at a home on Owen Trailer Court where a couple resided with their two children when he discovered a dead dog and others that were malnourished. One of the dogs was taken to the Floyd County Animal Shelter. The dog was infested with fleas, among other things. According to the shelter?s manager, "With fleas come worms, so she's wormy. She has a wound mark on her neck that she will need antibiotics for and she's just super scared." The other dog ran from officials, but they plan to find the dog and take it to the shelter for treatment. Another warrant was obtained, charging the male owner with three counts of animal cruelty. More charges may follow. According to officials, the inside of the house looked worse than the outside, where you can see trash from the road.

LINK: http://www.wymt.com/content/news/Floyd-County-deputy-searching-for-two-after-finding-dead-dog-in-home-387024811.html

 

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 JULY 22, 2016: JOHNSON COUNTY ~ Starved Dogs Dumped on Side of Road

Johnson county dumped dogs July 22, 2016 photo 13718596_993635864067917_6021075423779858320_n.jpg    photo 13690648_993635834067920_1846404156275053881_n.jpg    photo 13775591_993635790734591_7958204329379309787_n.jpg These dogs, momma and pups, were spotted laying on the side of the road with a small bowl of water which leads us to believe that they were intentionally dumped. They were weak and starved. The Arrow Fund was contacted by a very caring person who resides in Johnson County and they quickly went into lifesaving mode. The dogs were taken to Blue Pearl in Louisville and are in critical condition. Upon arrival all immediately received blood transfusions. All three had lice and will be treated topically once dermatology is consulted. Mama and babies are all body scale 1. On a scale of 1 to 9, 1 is the lowest number they can be and still be alive. They are all on IV fluids and have been offered water - no food yet. Their weak bodies need to be reintroduced slowly to processing food, since they have gone so long without it. The pictures do not really capture how thin these dogs are. It is just devastating. But as thin and sick as they are, they try to wag their tails and give us love. 

Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheArrowFund/posts/993635880734582

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 JULY 22, 2016: Shelter responds to animal neglect case

 photo 13707521_10153856040678412_6560846152008646656_n.jpg The Clark County Animal Shelter went to a home on Melbourne Street in Winchester and removed 15 animals from the premises, including eleven dogs, two cats and two rabbits. A few more cats were left at the residence because they were unable to capture them. During an interview, a friend of the owner said, "I?m sorry for them animals. I am. I swear I am. Half of their tails were missing and everything else." The fifteen animals were taken to the shelter and examined by a vet, who gave them medication and treatment as needed. The animals were also bathed and fed. The owner was at the house to pick up some of the cats roaming outside. She told reporters that she is in the process of moving, and is going through a rough time following the death of her parents. An employee at the shelter said, "The dogs have definitely lived in bad conditions for a good while. The flea infestation and the condition of their skin are indicators of that." The animals must remain at the shelter because they are evidence in an investigation

LINK:  http://www.lex18.com/story/32507849/clark-co-shelter-responds-to-animal-neglect-case

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AUGUST 2016


Whosoever saves a single life is as if he had saved the whole world;whosoever destroys a single life is as if he had destroyed the whole world. 

~The Talmud.

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August 2016: LETCHER COUNTY ~ Two dogs left to starve

 photo 796e8246-55c1-4904-8210-97a49cdf33aa.jpg Eight-month-old Sky and five-month-old Klaus were chained and left to die at a home in Letcher County when their owners moved. The dogs were left on the property for two weeks without food before anyone found them. An animal control officer brought them to the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter in Hazard, where they were fed puppy chow for two weeks to help them recover and gain weight. On Monday, August 29, the dogs were transferred to the Kentucky Humane Society in Louisville. The photos are from the day they went to KHS. We cannot imagine the shape these puppies were in when they were found. Despite the cruelty they experienced in the hands of humans, both dogs are very sweet and love receiving attention and treats.

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August 16, 2016: GRANT COUNTY ~  Kittens Abandoned In Box By Road

 
 photo 11378981_G.jpg Two kittens were left abandoned in a closed box near a Grant County food pantry. The box was found underneath a sign for an animal shelter, but the sign was not close to the shelter. A volunteer, who was leaving the food pantry noticed the box marked "kitchen." He opened the box and found two kittens inside, one was scratching to get out and the other was barely moving. According to the volunteer, "It was well up into the 90s with the heat index. The sun was beaming down on that box and one of the kittens wasn't even moving, it was just lethargic." He took the kittens to the animal shelter where they were treated and placed into a foster home for the night. One of the kittens did not survive. Someone at the shelter commented that they hope this incident will teach people that this is not the proper way to bring animals to the shelter.

Link: http://www.lex18.com/story/32773147/kittens-abandoned-in-box-by-road

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August 2016: HENDERSON COUNTY  ~ Severely emaciated dog dropped off at Henderson Animal Shelter  

 photo 11431589_G.jpg Someone left a severely emaciated Miniature Pinscher at the New Hope Animal Shelter in Henderson, KY. If the dog named Fabio had been surrendered a day or two later, he would have died. When left at the shelter, Fabio weighed only 5 pounds. He should have weighed between 12 and 15 pounds. According to authorities, Fabio hasn't been fed properly in months. One of Fabio?s owners tried to blame her husband, who she no longer lives with for starving Fabio, but authorities discovered Fabio had been in the woman?s care for the past month. Fabio will stay at the New Hope Animal Rescue Center and nursed back to health. His owners are facing at least one charge of "torture to an animal." The charge is only a misdemeanor in Kentucky.

Link: http://www.14news.com/story/32801459/investigation-underway-after-severely-emaciated-dog-dropped-off-at-henderson-animal-shelter

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August 23, 2016: LAUREL COUNTY ~ Dogs die after man feeds them methamphetamine

 photo 11513153_G.jpg Laurel County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a house in London, KY  and discovered that a man had been using methamphetamine in the presence of a 2-year old girl. They also found two dogs in the home. One of the dogs appeared to be in distress. When confronted, the man admitted  feeding the dogs meth. Both dogs were taken to an animal hospital. One dog died and the other was euthanized. The man was charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and first-degree wanton endangerment. He also had existing warrants for failure to comply with sex offender registration and persistent felony offender warrants.

Link: http://www.wsmv.com/story/32835644/kentucky-man-arrested-for-feeding-dogs-meth

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SEPTEMBER 2016


The link between animal abuse and crimes against humans has been well documented over several decades. In addition to causing pain and suffering to the animals, animal abuse can be a sentinel indicator and predictor - one of the earliest ?red flag? warning signs of concurrent or future violent acts. ~National Link Coalition

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 September 1, 2016: SIMPSON COUNTY ~ Small Dog Poisoned and left to die

 photo 14117820_1022358691195634_737065828569188174_n.jpg This small dog was found locked in small dog carrier in the heat under a bush by a creek in a rural area in Franklin, KY. Heaven was possibly poisoned and left to die. She was transferred to the Arrow Fund/Blue Pearl in Louisville. Heaven was extremely thin, weighing only 2.86 pounds. Her condition was fragile and she was treated as her frail body would permit. Her prognosis was considered very guarded. Heaven suffered cardiac arrest and all humane efforts were made to revive her. She fought hard, but did not survive. Heaven was loved, held, and cared for before she left this world. R.I.P.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheArrowFund/posts/1022358721195631

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September 1, 2016:  HARDIN COUNTY ~ Blind dog left next to dumpster on trash day

 
 photo 14212827_1261812103838533_5428201203481689254_n.jpg Meet "Moe?. He was found in a cardboard box with the top ON, next to a dumpster on trash day. Obviously we are not looking for his owners. He is blind, has rotten teeth and needs to be thoroughly checked out and neutered. He is a happy, loving sweetheart. Moe is not available for adoption or foster yet, because we need to evaluate all his health needs.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/FOHCAS.KY/photos/a.739790766040672.1073741829.734000563286359/1261812103838533/?type=3&theater

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September 4, 2016: GRAVES COUNTY ~ Man arrested for assault and killing two kittens

A woman contacted Graves County deputies to report that she had been assaulted. Deputies interviewed the woman and observed some bruising to the woman's face. The victim stated that not only did her assailant assault her, but he also killed two kittens. One of the kittens was squeezed to death on her chest when the man was on top of her. The kittens were thrown into a wooded area behind the man?s home. Deputies went to the home to investigate. The man was placed under arrest and charged with assault in the fourth-degree and two counts of cruelty to animals in the second-degree.


Link: http://www.kmov.com/story/33017168/man-arrested-on-assault-animal-cruelty-charges-in-graves-co-ky

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September 6, 2016: PULASKI COUNTY ~ Man in Pulaski County charged with animal torture

Pulaski County constable and deputies were assisting on a medical call when a man kicked, punched and threw a small pug. Pulaski County animal control took the dog to have it checked for injuries. The man was arrested a man for abusing a dog. He has now been charged with animal torture.

Link: http://www.wymt.com/content/news/Man-in-Pulaski-County-charged-with-animal-torture-392506471.html

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September 8, 2016: JOHNSON COUNTY ~ Man finds three horses shot, killed in Kentucky

 photo horses762.jpg A man found several horses roaming free in Johnson County. He rescued one of the horses. When he went back for a second horse, they were gone. He saw marks that indicated that the horses had been chased. The man and his family searched for the horses and  eventually found the pack on a mountain in the Greasy community. Three of the horses had been shot and killed. The man led deputies to the horses Wednesday morning. "My thoughts is how can someone just shoot a horse for no reason," said one of the deputies. "The horses looked healthy, they appear to be healthy." The man who found the horses did not want to be identified, fearing retribution from those who were responsible for killing the horses. "Whoever did do it is still out there," he said. "Anybody in my mind and heart that would shoot an animal like that, with no purpose, would probably harm a human." Rescues were called in to move the remaining horses to a safe place.

Link: http://www.local8now.com/content/news/Man-finds-three-horses-shot-killed-in-Kentucky--392695591.html

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September 13, 2016: NELSON COUNTY ~ Abandoned horses rescued from Nelson Co. boarding farm; owner missing 

 photo CsR5LBIUsAAmyz6.jpg Two people went to stables off of Nelsonville Road near Boston the Wednesday before Labor Day and discovered fourteen mares, stallions and foals in poor condition. The owner of the horses, who was renting the property, was nowhere to be found. He had been renting the property for more than a year and hadn't paid rent. Nobody had reported concerns about the horses prior to Labor Day. According to the people who found the horses, "Each mare sat there and drank four buckets of water. Their stalls were built up, like two feet high of mud and manure. They were almost hitting their heads on the (barn) ceilings." One of the horses had an abscess on his left front hoof that was bandaged with duct tape. Another was so malnourished its ribs were showing. Eight of the horses and ponies are currently being rehabilitated at Little Haven, a farm in Bloomfield. The owner of the horses has had problems with the law going back twenty years, including an arrest in 2014 for driving under the influence with an open container of alcohol, a guilty plea in 2008 to receiving stolen property and theft, and a conviction for public intoxication in 2007.

Link:  http://www.wave3.com/story/33086742/manure-piled-knee-high-two-horses-rescued-owner-and-more-missing-from-nelson-county-boarding-operation

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September 14, 2016: JEFFERSON COUNTY  ~ Neglected Sheltie undergoes surgery to remove football sized tumor  

 photo Sheltie-with-tumor-3.jpg The Arrow Fund received a call from Louisville Metro Animal Services about a neglected Sheltie in critical need. The dog named Soldier had a large tumor coming off of his rear leg and maggots currently around  the tumor and anus. He was unable to walk. Soldier was transferred to Blue Pearl for emergency surgery. The tumor, described as the size of a football, was attached to soldier's leg. His partial tail had been chopped off with bones exposed and rotting flesh. Solider was also covered with fleas and maggots. Radiographs were performed on soldier's abdomen and a foreign metal object was detected. It had the appearance and shape of a sewing needle. Surgery was performed to remove the large tumor hanging off of Soldier's back leg. It weighed 5.5 pounds! Another small tumor was removed that was hidden under the larger tumor. Soldier also had his tail amputated. Surgeons did not address the needle in Soldier's abdomen due to his guarded condition.

Link: http://petrescuereport.com/2016/neglected-sheltie-undergoes-surgery-remove-football-sized-tumor/

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September 2016: JESSAMINE COUNTY ~ Reward offered in cat trapping case

Residents of Nicholasville, KY found a domestic cat dragging a body gripping trap on his leg. A veterinarian told law enforcement the cat appeared to have been in the trap between 48-72 hours before he was found. The trap, which does not appear to have been staked to a fixed point or chain, did not display owner identification tags as required by Kentucky law. Veterinarians amputated three toes and administered intravenous fluids and antibiotics. The cat suffered complications from surgery and will require substantial veterinary care. According to the Kentucky state director of The HSUS, "The person responsible for setting this type of trap caused the cat to suffer immensely, and he could have died after days of pain if people hadn't found him. Such traps don't discriminate and create a risk that a child could have stumbled into it."

Link: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2016/10/reward-offered-in-cat-trapping-case100116.html?credit=web_id94665835

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OCTOBER 2016

People speak sometimes about the ?bestial? cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.

~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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October 7, 2016: BALLARD COUNTY ~ Neighbors, investigators want answers after dog shot multiple times

 photo 12137474_G.jpg Slash, a chocolate lab, was shot in Ballard County. Two of the bullets are still lodged in him. One is near his collar and the other fragmented in his hip. Because Slash was shot in the hip, investigators think he was running away when he was shot. Slash's vet believes it will cause more harm than good to remove the bullits. That leaves investigators with little to no information to go on. Neighbors said they heard gunshots over the weekend, but didn't think anything about it until Slash limped home. According to one neighbor, "He's just a good old chocolate lab. He runs around with his buddy." He believes dogs living out in the country should be allowed to run around freely. However, he added, "Fortunately, he didn't get killed like a lot of dogs do in this area." Several other dogs in the neighborhood have died unexpectedly and he says now dog owners are keeping their pups closer to home. A Ballard County Animal Control Deputy stated that without more witnesses and with two pieces of evidence lodged in Slash, there isn't much to go on. He says they haven't retrieved the third bullet because they believe it may be on private property and Slash may have been on private property when he was shot. Ballard County has no leash laws, so residents are supposed to call animal control if they want an animal removed from their property. The person who shot Slash could be charged with animal cruelty.

Link: http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/33377350/neighbors-investigators-want-answers-after-dog-shot-multiple-times

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 October 17, 2016: HARDIN COUNTY ~  Elizabethtown man accused of using bug killer to torture or kill various pets

An Elizabethtown man used bug killer and a belt to torture various pets owned by his roommates. In April a woman saw the man spray Spectacide Bug Stop bug killer on dog food provided to his roommate's German Shepherd. As a result, the dog became very sick and continued to vomit, eventually losing 20 pounds. The dog is still struggling to eat. In June the man took a small red belt from a woman's dress, wrapped it around the neck of one of his roommate's cats and lifted the cat off the ground, choking it for about 30 seconds. The man was allegedly, "laughing the entire time he was committing this act." In September the man got mad at his roommate and sprayed Spectacide Bug Stop bug killer into his roommate's fish tank. As a result, nine small white fish, two mini fresh-water lobsters and one eel died. The man has been charged with second degree cruelty to animals and torturing a dog or cat.


Link: http://www.wdrb.com/story/33407176/elizabethtown-man-accused-of-using-bug-killer-to-torture-or-kill-various-pets

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October 23, 2016: HOPKINS COUNTY ~  Couple Arrested For Animal Cruelty  

 photo 15107258_683905681774500_6736686559552053786_n.jpg Kentucky State Police went to check on the welfare of pets in a home in Madisonville, KY after the Hopkins County Humane Society reported possible animal abuse. Sixteen dogs and a cat were found to be living in unsanitary conditions and were removed from the residence by the humane society. The dogs were being kept in very small cages. They were covered in feces and had matted hair and bald spots. The owners were charged  with second-degree animal cruelty.

Link: http://44news.wevv.com/hopkins-county-couple-arrested-animal-cruelty/


 photo 15202774_683927235105678_3880108871576129515_n.jpg UPDATE: Hellen Keller was one of the dogs from the court case. This 13 year old dog with no eyes was used as a breeding dog!! She's now in an AMAZING home where she will never go through any of the horrible past she's lived through. https://www.facebook.com/133514756813598/photos/a.133713460127061.30108.133514756813598/683927235105678/?type=3&theater

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October 25, 2016: LAUREL COUNTY ~ Dog pierced with arrow found dead in Laurel County  

 photo 14708378_403102323147045_116752269120175622_n.jpg A dog was found dead along Kentucky 1023 near the Merrimac Baptist Church in Laurel County. People who found the dog at first thought that it had been hit by a car, but subsequently noticed that the small black dog had an arrow through its back. A woman who lives nearby removed the dog and was able to find the owner. The dog was named Scruffy and was a family pet. The killer is still unknown and several animal groups such as Justice for Abused Animals are working to raise awareness of the death.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Dog-found-dead-shot-by-arrow-in-Laurel-County-398370641.html

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 NOVEMBER 2016 

Surveys suggest that those who intentionally abuse animals are predominantly male and under 30, while those involved in animal hoarding are more likely to be female and over 60 ~Lockwood

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November 2, 2016: LETCHER COUNTY ~ Starved Dog at Shelter

 photo 15036247_1387774571235023_7286030966312965409_n.jpg Harlow, a 2 year old male Hound mix was starved. He is 2 years old and weighs 39lbs. He has been rescued and hopefully will have a wonderful new life.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyRiverRegionalAnimalShelter/photos/a.596110510401437.133207.459925027353320/1387774571235023/?type=3&theater

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November 18, 2016: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~ Man arrested in connection with dogfighting

 photo images.jpg A Louisville Metro officer was on a routine patrol in the Russell neighborhood in Louisville when he observed a male pit bull tied to a fence. The dog had a heavy log chain wrapped around his neck and stomach, a technique used by dog fighters to strengthen a fighting dog's neck muscles. The officer also saw both old and fresh wounds on the dog's head, neck and legs. Two female dogs were in the backyard of the residence. Both were thin and their ribs were visible. The yard was littered with debris and feces. All three dogs were immediately transported to Louisville Metro Animal Services. Two hours later two men were observed entering the residence. One of the men said he was the dogs' owner and that he had been keeping them at the house, which belonged to his uncle. The other man, who was holding the key to the residence, stated that he had recently been in trouble for animal cruelty and that he could go to jail for a year if he was around dogs. The owner of the dogs was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. The second man was not arrested.

Link: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/crime/2016/11/17/man-arrested-connection-dogfighting-louisville/94048908/

UPDATE:  Louisville dogs facing uncertain future after life in dog fighting ring 
http://www.whas11.com/mb/features/louisville-dogs-face-uncertain-future-after-life-in-a-dog-fighting-ring/355418226

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 JANUARY 2017 

Not everyone is in the position to help animals, but everyone is in the position not to harm them.

~Author Unknown

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January 2016: FLOYD COUNTY ~ Martin Woman Accused of Animal Abuse



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January 19, 2017: JEFFERSON COUNTY ~  Puppy found with suspected chemical burns


 photo 12950740_G.jpg Louisville Metro Solid Waste employees were cleaning debris in an alley near Greenwood Avenue when they found a 6 month-old puppy hiding under brush. The puppy had what was believed to be chemical burns on his body. Louisville Metro Animal Services was contacted and the dog was rushed to the LMAS Animal Care Center. In addition to the burns, the puppy had a tar-like substance on its head and right front leg.  The dog, who has been named Alley, was transferred to the Kentucky Humane Society for treatment. Alley was sedated and the wounds were cleaned and bandaged, but officials said Alley?s prognosis is not clear.

Link: http://www.wave3.com/story/34303620/graphic-puppy-found-with-suspected-chemical-burns

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January 28, 2017: SHELBY COUNTY ~ Miniature horse stabbed multiple times in Shelby County

 photo 13011435_G.jpg A resident of Shelby County went to feed his miniature horse that he has had for 16 years and discovered that someone had stabbed her. The sweet-tempered miniature horse in Shelbyville named Princess is recovering after being attacked twice in a matter of five days. According to the horse's owner, "They stabbed her on one side and it just hit the bone on the ribs. Then on the other side, they had stabbed her and broke the handle off." The blade was still lodged in the horse's side and had to be removed by the vet. A few days before the stabbing, Princess was also attacked by a dog. The dog was actually hanging on the horse, when the owner's son called the owner for help. The owner shot and killed the dog and called 911. Kentucky State Police showed up as well as animal control. Authorities say he was well within his rights to shoot the dog. Princess required stitches on her face and sides. She is expected to recover from her wounds. According to police, it's unclear if the two incidents are related.

Link: http://www.wdrb.com/story/34371084/miniature-horse-stabbed-multiple-times-in-shelby-county

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 FEBRUARY 2017 

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is -- whether its victim is human or animal -- we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing, we set back the progress of humanity.

~Rachel Carson

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February 1, 2017: TRIMBLE COUNTY ~ 15 dead horses found on abandoned farm in Trimble County 

 photo 13038106_G.jpg Henry County Animal Control went to a home on Perkinson Lane in Trimble County for a probation check and observed three horse carcasses from the driveway. A search warrant was obtained and animal control subsequently found the skeletal remains of 12 other horses and many rabbits on the property. Twelve other horses on the property were found to be malnourished.  Several large hay bales were brought to the property since there was no food in the large pasture where the surviving horses were being kept. Investigators don?t know how long the animals were without food or water. A rescue group with Windy Meadows Equine Center responded to a plea for help and began removing the remaining horses to take to their 300-acre farm in Oldham County. All the horses were immediately check by a veterinarian. Animal cruelty in Kentucky is a misdemeanor. The owner of property could face more than 35 counts of animal cruelty and improperly disposing of a carcass and could face a year in jail for each count.

Link: http://www.wdrb.com/story/34404327/15-dead-horses-found-on-abandoned-farm-in-trimble-county


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February 12 , 2017: CLARK COUNTY ~ Severely Neglected Dog

 photo 16708584_1407878235920668_783906292048247413_n.jpg  photo 16708253_1407878219254003_2495076870890515737_n.jpg Maggie came into our care last night through a series of events that lead to the discovery of her and the living conditions of her and her former owner. This is truly a sad situation and the important thing now is that Maggie is safe and her former owner is getting help. Maggie was so severely matted that staff at the shelter weren?t sure her eyes still existed under the solid mat that covered her face. Her legs were solid casts that felt like rock. A groomer from Fairy Tails Pet Spaw jumped into action at 6pm on a Saturday when she should have been headed home to relax after a day at work. It took the groomer, her son (assistant) and the shelter director nearly 2.5 solid hours of working on this sweet girl to get her cleaned up. One of her legs is damaged, we believe from being matted so severely that the leg basically died. She has sores on her body that are now being treated and she will see a vet this week to address other issues she may have.

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1407879012587257&id=140347606007077

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 MARCH 2017

Those who describe animals as not having any thoughts or feelings come closer to that description than the animals they are trying to describe. ~Edward Alberta

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 APRIL 2017

We must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God?s image and given dominion over the death justifies absolute domination over other creatures. ~Pope Francis

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April 17, 2017 - ESTILL COUNTY: Small Dog in Poor/Neglected Condition

This little guy arrived at the Estill County Animal Shelter in Ravenna, KY. Due to his condition, TWHRA pulled him and took him to their vet immediately. Upon evaluation and exam at the vet, it was determined that he was an older guy, though an exact age could not be determined. You could not check his teeth for aging because he would try to bite...we assume this was because he was in pain due to the mass on his face. He was about 10lbs. We learned that this little guy had a Grade III heart murmur. The growths and masses on his body had ruptured and smelled of infection. They likely would not be able to be surgically removed because there would not be enough good skin remaining to close the incision sites. In addition, he had horrible flea infestation, was horribly skinny, and had dry eye. Due to the severity of his condition, treatment options, and poor prognosis, TWHRA decided to have him humanely euthanized. We are sorry we couldn't do more for you little guy. Run free across the rainbow bridge sweet boy.

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/TheWayHomeRescueAlliance/photos/a.324640584273456.70108.127552830648900/1444463992291104/?type=3&theater

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April 26, 2017: ESTILL COUNTY: Dog with gunshot wounds in shelter