Dozens Of Dogs Found Living In Filth; Owners Arrested

It is a scene that has left a lot of people stunned.

A home in the Sand Springs area of rural Jackson County was discovered, covered in almost one hundred dogs, some dead, some alive.

The yard is littered with their corpses, animals dying because their owner couldn't take care of them.

We're told people who live in Jackson County would drop off unwanted dogs at the home, but it appears those good-intentions got a little out of control.

Law enforcement officials responded to the home after a complaint from a neighbor.

Crews, dressed in suits usually reserved for chemical spills and meth lab cleanup, went into the home to remove dogs, dead and alive.

Sheriff Tim Fee says there were 70 dogs found alive outside the home, in addition to 14 dead dogs. He says there were more inside the home.

Officials say the conditions were some of the worst they've seen.

Two people have been arrested, charged with animal abuse: Tim Foust and Shawn Embs. A third person could face charges.

A 13-year-old boy who was living inside the home was put into state custody.

The dogs that are still alive are being taken to the Gray Hawk Animal Clinic for treatment Right now the Gray Hawk Animal Clinic is in desperate need of supplies to care for the dogs and they say you can make a donation to the Gray Hawk Animal Clinic, PO Box 387 Mckee, KY 40434.

You can also reach them at 606-287-8475.

From there, the animals will be sent to local animal shelters. We're told some dogs will need to be put down because they are too sick.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Earth on Mar 15, 2008 at 10:57 PM
    As someone familiar with animal rescue, I can't help but pipe into this subject. I saw the news coverage. And maybe some things need to be cleared up from a practiced eye. 1. It's a fact that dogs come into a rescue, often sick and diseased. It takes time to nurse them back to health. Many die before they can even be vetted. 2. It's a fact that it's common practice at rescues and shelters to freeze carcauses. Why? It's illegal to bury large numbers of dead animals in a small area, it's illegal to burn them, and only a landfill is licensed to even dispose of them. You have to freeze the carcauses until you can dispose of them at a landfill. In the news coverage, I didn't see ONE sick dog. They all looked healthy and well fed to me. And your local shelter stuffs more in their kennels than I saw in that news footage of the outdoor kennels. These people may have become overwhelmed, but my sense is things got exagerated and out of hand when someone called the news.
  • by Michelle Location: Estill on Mar 14, 2008 at 06:50 PM
    The couple and their adopted dogs trashed a newly remodeled house in Estill Co.The police and Social Services were notified. The dogs were being adopted out for a fee by the couple.Stop this from happening and visit your local animal shelter and adopt a dog or cat.Don't forget to spay or nueter.
  • by Gail Location: Lawrenceburg on Mar 14, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    TOLD UM SO - I canot believe you knew this was going on and did nothing? I would have screamed at the governor if it would have drawn attention to this travesty. Cathy - I am a supporter of our troops, and I can say without a doubt, most of our troops would not only have a problem with the treatment of the dogs, but with your attitude as well. Even an animal has compassion.
  • by Lee Location: Jackson on Mar 14, 2008 at 04:45 PM
    I keep hearing that we need an animal shelter and I agree. The county keeps saying that the money isn't available. I tell you what we could do? Everyday I drive by the NEW RENOVATE WHAT HOUSE AT THE TOP OF BIG HILL, OH! THE WELCOME CENTER. Now there would be a great place to have for all those stray dogs and cats. The house has thousands of dollars going to waste any how, so lets keep the dogs there. We would at least get our tax dollars worth instead of just looking at it.
  • by ??? on Mar 14, 2008 at 03:37 PM
    willy, what are you talking about? people do get this outraged over child abuse.
  • by Anonymous Location: Also Earth on Mar 14, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    Why has no one asked who was funding this rescue mission? As the government was putting money into this operation, shouldn't they be the one's responsible for "checking up" on those who were operating this establishment? It is my understanding that money is distributed 'per dog'. As for those who are pointing fingers at those who live in the area, how much do you know about your neighbors? It would be nice if people spent this much time studying God's word and helping people instead of trying to put others down. This really does nothing to improve the situation at all.
  • by Sing Along With Me on Mar 14, 2008 at 01:27 PM
    How much is that doggy in the freezer..woof woof, the one with the big frozen tail..woof woof, how much is that doggy in the freezer...woof woof, Those stupid people are going to jail....WOOF WOOF!
  • by Leg go let GOd Location: Earth on Mar 14, 2008 at 12:05 PM
    It is a shame that people talk when they don't know the whole story,all complaints where followed through..all complaints by every neighbor that ever was called on the animals,deputy by deputy would go to the shelter and no abused dogs were ever saw. The home , the barn, the basement, all were looked into. Nothing was found,yes if the neighbors saw dogs eating dogs..then why did they not donate money to this shelter and give these people a chance to feed these animals...are they (the neighbors) responsible then for this neglect.if they did not feed the hungry dogs themselves..The police was called so many times for so many things at this shelter and on every occasion....nothing out of the ordinary was found. As for the owners of the home....they never saw any dead dogs. No under nourished dogs. If so they would have taken care of the situation. This is the type of people they are. The sad thing here is so many dogs suffered...children have suffered, home owners have sufferd..
  • by Christa Location: Bell County on Mar 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM
    The easiest way to fix this problem is to have an animal fixed, it only cost around a $100 dollars and it's a ONE time deal. There are 7 members in my family and we all have a pet and all of them are fixed.
  • by Tresea Location: Corbin,KY. on Mar 14, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    It just makes me sick to see all those dogs pend up like they where. They shouldn't have been living like that. The owners should get the max. pentaly for animal cruelity. I love animals and I broke down and cried over what I saw on t.v.. There is no sense in this kind of behaveior! The Embs boy I do believe he has a disability you can tell that by listing to him talk and you can tell he was scared no doubt that. I pray he doesn't have to pay for someone elses horrible tradegy! The cousin in my opinion does look intimidating.

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