In the wake of a Laurel County, Kentucky animal rescue seizure of 178 dogs for hoarding, neglect and abuse on Thursday, help is urgently needed from the rescue community.
Arrested by Kentucky State Police was Stephanie E. Fields, 40, of London, the director of Homeward Bound Animal Rescue. An investigation began in November after numerous complaints about dogs at a residence located on Fariston Road in Laurel County. Fields faces second degree animal cruelty charges. In total, 178 dogs have been removed, and the needs are currently overwhelming for the Friends of Laurel County Animal Shelter London, Ky.
Video of the conditions shot through a keyhole can be viewed here. According to Sanctuary Watch, an investigation on December 6 revealed more of the disturbing situation. On the property of Homeward Bound Animal Rescue was a home and a warehouse with no windows. Approximately 75 dogs were housed in the pitch black structure. Previous reports for acrid ammonia smells and dogs living in deplorable conditions had been filed. Mark Hensley, the Director of Public Health in Laurel County, reported he inspected the home and the warehouse building in November. At that time, the owners were cited for human waste leaking into the ground water and were required to provide vaccination records for each animal on the property; disturbing conditions then led to the seizure of the dogs and the arrest of Fields.
Following are the immediate emergency needs for the innocent canine victims of this tragedy: Approved rescues are needed to temporarily foster dogs. The dogs will remain in foster care until the court case is settled. Rescue organizations willing to help are asked to contact the shelter. In addition, adopters and foster families are needed for the dogs currently at the Laurel County Animal Shelter in order to make room for the seized dogs.
Donations of the following supplies are desperately needed: Puppy pads or newspapers to line crates, volunteers to pick up and wash blankets/sheets and return them, stainless steel water/food bowls, bleach, spray cleaners, paper towels, clean used towels & sheets. Also needed are wire crates(all sizes). A GoFundMe account can be found here.
Please mark all supplies and donations with duct tape with Laurel County Animal Shelter written on them. Included in the list is dog food. water, volunteers to help clean/ feed/ water dogs. Donations may be left at Laurel County Fairgrounds building. The 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.
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