Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dead puppy, other malnourished dogs found at home in Nicholasville, Ky.

By Christine Wright, WHAS

Seventeen starving dogs and a dead puppy were found as a Central Kentucky deputy attempted to serve a warrant.  The dogs were found Wednesday afternoon at a home in Nicholasville.
  The homeowner wasn’t home at the time, but officers discovered 11 Pit Bull dogs, two Chihuahua mixes, a Jack Russell Terrier and three puppies in the yard.  One puppy was dead and all of the dogs were malnourished.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Update October 1, 2010 10:08am - The following article is from WKYT:

Shelter receives help caring for injured dogs

The dogs were taken from a Jessamine County home where police say a possible dog fighting operation was taking place

More than a dozen dogs were rescued from a Jessamine County home earlier this week, after officials discovered what appeared to be a dog fighting operation.
As police continue to look for the man allegedly responsible for the operation, the shelter where the dogs were taken is getting some help caring for them.

However, shelter officials say more help is needed.
Donations are starting to come in at the SAVE Center in Jessamine County.
Workers there say they're pleased with the response they are getting. They are trying to keep the dogs that were brought to the shelter on Wednesday fed and treated.
Jessamine County sheriff's deputies went to the home of 40-year-old Marty Stevens Wednesday to serve a warrant.
Stevens wasn't there, but authorities say they found the dogs at the home.
Investigators say the dogs appeared to be neglected and starving. The dogs included 11 pit bulls, some chihuahua mix dogs, some puppies, and a Jack Russell terrier.
They say they also found one newborn puppy that was dead.
Investigators say it does appear the dogs were being conditioned for dog fighting, but that is still under investigation.
Stevens faces at least ten counts of animal cruelty. One of the dogs died at the shelter after being brought there.
Jessamine County officials say they have received reports of Stevens being spotted in Garrard County, but they're still looking for him.
If you can help the SAVE Center by donating money, or your time, you can give them a call at 859-881-0821.

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