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UPDATE: Two Arrested in Connection with Animal Cruelty Case


UPDATE 9/20/13 @ 2 p.m.
ELLIOT COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two people have been arrested in connection with an animal cruelty case, where two dozen dogs were found in an abandoned home.

The Elliott County Sheriff's Office says the dogs were found in a home on Horton Flats Road earlier this month.

The Sheriff's Office says Lisa Hudson, 46, and Jamie Carrico, 42, were arrested Friday and charged with 26 counts of animal cruelty.

After the animals were found, neighbors told WSAZ.com no one had been at the home in weeks.

One neighbor said the dogs were coming to his property, "They were starving to death. Bones were showing. Their ribs and their hips, it was really bad. We fed them, and then we heard other dogs inside the trailer."

The dogs are being checked for health problems associated with this kind of maltreatment including skin conditions, fleas and heartworms.

They are also receiving updated vaccines before they can be adopted.

Hudson and Carrico are both being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/18/13 @ 11:15 p.m.
ELLIOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- It'll be a long road to recovery for more than 20 dogs left inside a home for weeks.

Investigators were tipped off and went to a mobile home along Horton Flats Road in Elliott County.

Neighbors say they hadn't seen any people at there in weeks. Twenty-two dogs were inside.

A man who wanted to remain anonymous says some of his neighbor's dogs recently began coming over to his property, looking near death.

"They were starving to death,” he said. “Bones were showing. Their ribs and their hips, it was really bad. We fed them, and then we heard other dogs inside the trailer."

Because of the county's lack of necessary accommodations, the Lexington Humane Society took in the dogs Tuesday.

The stench inside was so strong that rescuers had to wear oxygen masks when they went in.

“The condition of the home was awful,” Madison Carey with the Lexington Humane Society said. “The home was not air conditioned. There were mounds of feces. There were carcasses of dead dogs."

The Elliott County Sheriff's Department is now looking for two people they believe left them there. Their names are not being released yet.

The dogs will be checked for health problems associated with this kind of maltreatment including skin conditions, fleas and heartworms.

They'll also be receiving updated vaccines before they can be adopted.


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