Police: dead and dying dogs found at Whitley Co. home

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky, (WKYT) - The animal control officer calls the dog taken from the US 25 home south of Williamsburg Friday, "Lucky," because he says he was lucky to survive the horrific conditions they say they found him in.

"Right now there's two dead dogs. and one in the cage with the dead dogs. Two running around," said Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Sheriff Harrell says animal groups made the gruesome discovery of skeletal remains and other starving dogs and put it social media. The video is too disturbing to show on television. Police were called and the owner, Charles Wilson, was cited.

"Cited with cruelty to animals in the second degree," said Harrell.

But he was not arrested..or taken to jail.

"The reason we did not arrest him he was with his wife in the nursing home in Williamsburg. We felt this was the mannerism we handle this case with," said Harrell.

In fact, last month police were called to the home and they say they found Wilson's bed ridden daughter not being cared for. She was removed from the home but Wilson wasn't charged then, per advice from the Commonwealth's Attorney.

"They decided to call social services because of the 27 year old daughter of this individual," said Harrell.

Officials say the owner is cooperating with authorities and has agreed to surrender the remaining dogs to Animal Control.

Lucky was taken to the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter and then on to to Louisville where his care is being paid for through an organization called "Arrow Fund." The animal control officer says they have already found a new owner for him.