UPDATE: 2 facing charges in Winchester animal neglect case


WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Winchester Sun is reporting that two people are facing a dozen charges each in connection to an animal neglect case from last week.

On July 22, Winchester Police were called to a home on Melbourne Street, on a complaint that there were dogs in the road.  When they arrived, officers say they found 11 dogs, 2 rabbits, and an unknown number of cats outside the home.

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The animals were taken to the Clark Co. Animal Shelter to be cared for.

Now, William and Heidi King are facing charges in the case, for violating the county’s animal care ordinance, according to the Sun, which requires owners to provide adequate shelter for their animals.

The paper says the charges are misdemeanor offenses.

Information from The Winchester Sun


7/22/16 11:45 p.m.

Friend of the pet owner Stacey Dixon says, “I’m sorry for them animals. I am. I swear I am. Half of their tails were missing and everything else.”

We talked to the pet’s owner when she showed up to pick up some of the cats roaming outside the house. She wouldn’t go on camera, but did say she is in the process of moving, and is going through a rough time following the loss of her parents.

Now the animals are in the hands of Clark County Animal Control who are making sure the group of 11 dogs, 2 cats and 2 rabbits are checked out by the vet and get all the care they need to get back up to speed at the shelter.

Shelter director Adreanna Wills says, “The dogs have definitely lived in bad conditions for a good while. The flea infestation and the condition of their skin is indicators of that.”

Wills says the shelter does get animals in situations like these from time to time, but never so many at once. In the meantime they’ll need stay at the shelter until police finish up their investigation.

“They have to have space. So we don’t have an option for that. So that lessons the space for the other animals.”

At 80% capacity she’s hoping the community will step up to help adopt or foster out many of the other dogs and cats to make room. The shelter is also looking for donations to help meet the needs of the seized animals like food, bleach, litter and cages for the rabbits. Although their forever home is in limbo for now, the animals already have some interested buyers.

Dixon says, “I’d take ’em if I could. But not all twenty of ’em for sure.”

Donations can be made in-person at the shelter. They’re open tomorrow from 10am to 4pm. You can donate money online.


WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) -The Clark Co. Animal Shelter says they have received multiple animals after a neighbor called in an animal welfare check at a home in Winchester on Friday.

The shelter says Winchester Police went to the home on Melbourne Street, and found 11 dogs, 2 rabbits, and an unknown number of cats outside the home.

According to the shelter, the house was in unlivable condition.  It is unknown if the house is occupied by anyone at this time.

The Clark Co. Animal Shelter is caring for the animals, and is asking the public for help with the sudden new arrivals.

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