On Feb. 21, 2014, the Russellville Police Department (RPD) was dispatched to assist the Logan County Animal Control Officer (ACO) Kathy Maddox at 835 East 1st Street in Russellville, the home of Antonio Rose.
According to a RPD news release, when officers arrived at the residence, an adult male pit bull dog was observed to be severely malnourished. The dog had multiple scars and cuts on his face, head, neck and front leg areas, and his ears had either been torn off or cut off by a non-professional.
An evaluation of the animal occurred at the Logan County Animal Clinic who determined the dog should weigh between 75-80 pounds, however, he actually weighed 56 pounds. He was also discovered to have heart-worm.
On March 6, Rose was charged with cruelty to animals 2nd degree.
525.130 Cruelty to Animals in the Second Degree
(1) A person is guilty of cruelty to animals in the second degree when except as authorized by law he intentionally or wantonly:
(a) Subjects any animal to or causes cruel or injurious mistreatment through abandonment, participates other than as provided in KRS 525.125 in causing it to fight for pleasure or profit, (including, but not limited to being a spectator or vendor at an event where a four (4) legged animal is caused to fight for pleasure or profit) mutilation, beating, torturing, tormenting, failing to provide adequate food, drink, space, or health care, or by any other means; or
(b) Subjects any animal in his custody to cruel neglect; or
(c) Kills any animal.
Cruelty to animals in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.
ACO Maddox says unfortunately this type of abuse is all to common in Logan County. She said she sees abuse cases like this almost on a weekly bases lately.
“People don’t seem to care about animals and what becomes of them,” said Maddox, who still is shocked each and every time she comes upon a case such as this one. “I don’t understand how people can be so cruel to these loving creatures.”
When a dog is taken from a home of suspected neglect or abuse, the animal is taken into custody by the Logan County Humane Society and medical treatment begins. If the dog survives- Maddox says sometimes they do not- then it is held until the court proceedings are complete. If an individual(s) is found guilty, then the animal can be adopted out to a loving home.
“We try as hard as we can to rehabilitate these animals who have obviously been neglected and abused, and try hard to save their lives if possible,” said Maddox. “It is not their fault they have fallen into the hands of someone who purposely endangered their lives.”