Woman Faces Several Charges

Dogs walking on a home's roof, trash covering the ground, and even raw sewage coming out of the house… that's the scene sheriff's deputies found Monday after a complaint in Johnson County.

Police arrested 49-year-old Kathy L. Evans and she's facing a slew of charges including cruelty to animals.

Neighbors say they didn't know Kathy Evans very well, but they say something had to be done about her home, and all of the animals running around.

Kathy Evans' dogs have a new home. They're temporarily being held in cages at the Johnson County Road Garage, but neighbors say it's better than where they were.

“The roof, that's where they lived. I've never seen anything like it,” James Grim said.

If they weren't on the roof, neighbors say they were in the trash and sometimes raw sewage in the yard.

“They were a danger to for children to walk by or other animals. My nephew's dog got attacked several times. The day before, I saw Lloyd's dog get attacked,” Grim said.

No one is sure exactly how many animals lived at the home on Hanner's Branch, but sheriff deputies discovered eight dogs on the roof, four running around, and three chained up plus several cats.

Deputies say none had food or water, but neighbors say that was common.

Owner Kathy Evans is charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty and several other charges.

Neighbors were just glad to see the animals go.

Sheriff Deputies say the health department is assisting with the home because it is a health hazard.

Sheriff Deputies believe the animals in custody will be sent to Greenup County and then authorities will decide what to do with them

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2007 at 10:40 AM
    Ok if the family was living at a homeless shelter, Then why in the world did they get charged for STRAY dogs? I mean I dont think the family wanted the dogs I live in Kentucky out in the middle of nowheres and we get stray dogs all the time, they're a bother to handle. Tearing in your garbage, dragging shoes and other outside things around in the yard. Did they once think of STRAY animals? I mean they basicly said Forget about the old woman that was living in the sewage and was barely feeding her self. The community should have help the woman and the dogs.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2007 at 02:12 PM
    how does a dog get on a roof? hmmmm i never heard nothing like this thats a new one on me.
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Nov 28, 2007 at 05:39 AM
    What does this family being homeless have to do with the state of this place and all the animals there to fend for themselves.If they felt the place was unfit to live in,for Christs' sake-take the roof off and burn the place to get rid of as much of the nastiness as possible.Call the animal shelter to give these animals a fighting chance.There is NO EXCUSE for this place to have gotten in the shape it's in to begin with.It's one thing to be poor-that doesn't mean you have to be nasty,too.
  • by A friend Location: Paintsville KY on Nov 28, 2007 at 04:30 AM
    THis family was homeless they didnt live there ...they were living in a homeless shelter due to no water or electric in their home..
  • by NA Location: KY on Nov 27, 2007 at 08:59 PM
    I have to say, this shows that people are putting animals before humans these days. People should have tried to help the woman that lived there. But instead they decided to just say that the dogs was suffering, The woman wasn't living in a Marriot! She was living with the dogs in the sewage and garbage. Personally I don't see a reason why she was charged. By the looks I dont think the house or enviroment was fit for human or animal. She was most likely feeding her self! So why didn't some people help her? So instead they help the animals, while the poor woman is setting in a jail cell. Its just not right.
  • by Susan Location: BC Canada on Nov 27, 2007 at 07:03 PM
    If the neighbors knew it was common for the animals not being fed, why did it take them so long to report this? Where is your common sense to watch animals starve, have you no feelings or consciense? You should all be charged with cruelty to animals for just sitting back letting this happen for so long!!!!!
  • by dd on Nov 27, 2007 at 06:00 PM
    Why didn't you follow up on what Greenup County is going to do with these animals. It is not their fault they were living in those conditions. Why don't you find out if these animals could find a home or if they were put down.


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