UPDATE: Owner of ‘worst’ animal neglect case says ‘I didn’t neglect dogs’

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UPDATE 7/12/17 @ 6 p.m.
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Animal rescue folks in Johnson County said it's the worst case of animal neglect since their shelter began.

We showed you the photos Tuesday as the sheriff's office rescued 32 dogs, some that weren't expected to make it through the night.

But owner Roger Mollett now tells WSAZ he doesn't feel like he did anything wrong.

There were barks of excitement and joy from some young pups in safe hands at the Whiskers or Wags Animal Shelter Wednesday.

"It makes me want to cry but with my job I have to put that emotion aside obviously and take care of them,” said W.O.W. President and Shelter Manager Lisa Trusty-Roberts. “It's really hard to see them like this."

Some are skin and bones. Others look healthy.

Trusty-Roberts said it's the second time a group of neglected dogs been taken from Mollett's home near Flat Gap.

"It makes me angry,” she said. “It really makes me angry because it's not fair to the animals at all."

Mollett told WSAZ most of the dogs which came to his home were abandoned by others in the area.

"I feel bad about it,” he said. “There's not a whole lot a person can do."

Mollett disputes the assertion from authorities that there was not enough food to feed them. But he didn’t put out fresh water for them. He told us there was plenty from them to drink from the two ditches bordering his property.

He said he didn’t neglect the dogs.

"No, I do not. I didn't neglect any of them. I loved all my dogs."

The tip came in from an anonymous source Monday.

Animal Protection Officer and Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Tussey responded and made the largest animal seizure in the county's history.

"It's a good day,” he said. “Because now these dogs here and the puppies are going to get placement, they'll be adopted out to a good home."

He and Trusty-Roberts agree Mollett's intentions may have been good, but the result was not. They hope others in a similar spot will reach out for help.

Trusty-Roberts hopes Mollett's time as an animal owner is over.

"If you have animals, if you can't vet them and feed them, you shouldn't have them," she said.

Mollett was cited on one count of animal cruelty which is a misdemeanor charge.

Tussey said it's possible more charges could be filed at a later date.

Several animal rescue groups are coming from different states to pick up the dogs to adopt out.

The shelter had to call in some extra manpower Wednesday to help with the extra load.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/11/17
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – A man faces animal cruelty charges after 32 dogs were rescued Tuesday from a home in Flat Gap, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Deputies say 10 to 15 of the dogs are so thin that their bones are visible. All of the animals were rescued from a home in the 700 block of Laurel Creek. About six are reported to be in good health.

Roger L. Mollett, 62, who faces the animal cruelty charges, voluntarily surrendered all the dogs. They’re at the Johnson County Animal Shelter.

Deputies say they received a tip Monday that led them to the neglected animals.



 
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