UPDATE: Friends of Laurel County Animal Shelter have reported 178 dogs have been removed. They are in dire need of the following: Puppy pads or newspapers to line crates, someone to pick up and wash blankets/sheets and return them, stainless steel water / food bowls. bleach, spray cleaners, paper towels, clean used towels and sheets are appreciated, wire crates(all sizes): Please mark them with duct tape with Laurel County Animal shelter written on them – must have the plastic bottoms in them if donating used ones. The shelter also needs dog food, water. volunteers to help clean / feed / water dogs.
Donations may be left at Laurel County Fairgrounds building. Shelter will be open limited hours on Friday. If you are interested in adopting a shelter dog, please come to our Empty the Shelter Event on Saturday, December 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please share this important information. Your help is critical.
A Laurel County, Kentucky animal rescue director was arrested on Thursday and charged with second degree animal cruelty, reports the Kentucky.com.
Arrested by the Kentucky State Police was Stephanie E. Fields, 40, of London, the director of Homeward Bound Animal Rescue. An investigation began in November after there were numerous complaints about dogs at a residence located on Fariston Road in Laurel County. On November 24, Trooper John Pratt discovered 30 dogs inside of the home, living in horrible conditions. The dogs were removed that day. Another 130 dogs had been living outside of the home. Those animals have since been removed also and have been placed with the Laurel County Animal Rescue.
As recently as Monday, the Facebook page for Homeward Bound Animal Rescue had been collecting donations for Karunda dog beds for their senior pups in rehab. Sadly, as happens much too often in the rescue world, rescuers with the best of intentions get in over their heads and fail to ask for help when needed. Make sure to check out all organizations before sending any pet in need; it becomes a sad state of affairs when forced to rescue pets from “rescuers.”
According to the Friends of Laurel County Animal Shelter, approved rescues are needed to temporarily foster the dogs and keep them until the disposition of the court proceedings. The dogs will be kept in a temporary facility; once the dogs have all been placed with rescue groups, volunteers to help would be appreciated.
Fields has been taken to the Laurel County Correctional Center. If found guilty of second degree animal cruelty, Fields faces a $500 fine and a year in jail.
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