August 31, 2011
Rewards Offered in Three Louisville, Ky., Animal Cruelty Cases
The Humane Society of the United States is offering rewards of up to $2,500 for information that leads to convictions in three separate animal cruelty cases in Louisville, Ky. The rewards are for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for leaving three dogs to die on Manslick Road, seriously injuring and abandoning a pit bull on Shepherdsville Road and neglecting a beagle found on Greenwood Avenue.
Louisville Metro Animal Services gives the following account in each case:
Dead dogs on Manslick Road: On Aug. 11, a resident of the 6800 block of Manslick Road called Louisville Metro Animal Services to file a complaint about the odor emanating from a neighbor’s house. When officers arrived, they were barely able to approach the property due to flea infestation. A search warrant was executed and three deceased dogs were found in the residence. An arrest warrant has been issued for Kelly Stice, 30, of 6805 Manslick Road, who is charged with three felony counts of torture of a dog and three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Investigators allege she abandoned three dogs in her residence for up to six weeks, causing their deaths. Investigators hope the public will come forward with information about Stice's whereabouts.
Seriously injured pit bull on Shepherdsville Road: On Aug. 22, a citizen called Louisville Metro Animal Services after finding a severely injured dog on the 1900 block of Shepherdsville Road. Officers found the gray and brown pit bull hiding in the bushes, screaming in pain. Her skin was detached from her mouth, paws and legs, and blood covered her eyes. Her lips were torn and there was severe bruising near her back legs. For humane reasons, the animal was euthanized. Preliminary necropsy results from the University of Kentucky Diagnostic Lab show that she was extremely burned.
Abandoned beagle on Greenwood Avenue: On Aug. 24, a good Samaritan took a brown and white female beagle into Louisville Metro Animal Services’ Manslick location after finding her wandering in the 4100 block of Greenwood Avenue. A collar was found deeply imbedded with duct tape around her neck. No Kill Louisville immediately offered to help by paying the veterinarian bills. Shelby County Humane Society has taken over medical and foster care. Thanks to amazing teamwork, the beagle is doing well in foster care.
Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
“We are happy to offer rewards to help Louisville Metro Animal Services with their investigations of these three cases,” said Pamela Rogers, Kentucky state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “These animals suffered horribly and we hope our rewards will help Louisville Metro Animal Services bring the perpetrators of these horrible crimes to justice.”
The Investigators: Louisville Metro Animal Services is investigating each case. Anyone with information is asked to call 502-574-5399.
Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to humanesociety.org.
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