Nicholasville woman accused of animal cruelty

April Houp

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Nicholasville woman is in custody for animal cruelty, accused of leaving animals in her home without food or water for a month, according to The Jessamine Journal.

The newspaper reports 35-year-old April Houp was arrested on January 29 after she allowed animal control officers to enter her home on Longview Road, where they found a cat, a dog and two rabbits living in terrible conditions.

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According to the newspaper, the Jessamine County Animal Care and Control says authorities found the animals after neighbors complained about the smell coming from the home.

The newspaper reports after authorities entered the home, the animals were found malnourished. It also reports a sergeant said the smell was “horrible” and that “there were feces everywhere.”

According to the newspaper, all of the animals are improving with medical treatment. It reports the dog has been sent to an animal rescue organization and the cat and rabbits are up for adoption.

Houp is charged with four counts of animal cruelty.