22 Dogs Will Be Put To Sleep In Abuse Case

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Pulaski county officials got much more than they bargained for Tuesday when searching a Somerset home for drugs.

Police say inside the home on add Floyd Road they found more than twenty dogs.
The animals were reportedly found living in filthy conditions and in extremely poor health.

Veterinarians say only one of the 23 animals seized is healthy enough to live the rest will be put to sleep.

"It's just heart breaking to see the dogs, especially the puppies in that shape." Said Misty Wilson with the Pulaski County Animal Shelter.

The animals were all found inside the home of Ricki Bell,45. The animals were found living in layers of their own feces.

The dogs were seized immediately by animal control and Bell was arrested on 23 counts of animal cruelty and taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center.

"Whether or not people have good intentions to save these animals in the beginning, if you can't feed them or take care of them, you are not doing them any good," said Wilson.

Bell faces one year behind bars and a $500 fine per animal. He was also charged with a long list of drug related charges.

At this time the Pulaski County Animal Shelter is not asking for assistance.


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  • by Joey Location: KY on Apr 3, 2008 at 06:58 AM
    ann; when I came back here the other day, the comments were completely gone which is why I asked where have all the comments gone. They magically appeared again. I'm not sure if there was a glitch on the website, but they showed up probably 30 minutes after I posted that. Now, my opinion on this guy is simple; he'll probably get a slap on the wrist and will be right back doing what he is already doing, but probably minus any animals at his residence. He will probably realize he would tick off more people and get in more trouble for abusing animals then selling/using drugs. In looking at his picture that was posted before, he definitely is a user. I notice his picture is no longer here so maybe that is why the comments disappeared for a bit to clean up what they didn't want us to see.
  • by van Location: hazard on Apr 3, 2008 at 06:23 AM
    I don't remember hearing if there were any children involved,if so they are probably sick too.The community is better off with this scum in jail
  • by ann Location: anywhere on Apr 3, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    Joey, I beleive this is another animal abuse case. You might be referring to the other case in which 100 dogs were involved. These stories absolutely break my heart. Animals and children cannot defend themselves that is why the public must take responsible for others foolish, selfish and dispicable ways.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2008 at 09:18 PM
    I've personally seen the dogs, looked into their helpless eyes, saw their decaying bodies, watched them as they shook in fear/shock and sickness. The worst thing about this case is that Ricki Bell will probably spend a few months in jail, pay a fine which the lawyers deem suitable for his income and then he'll be back to his same old ways. It's a shame
  • by connie Location: ky on Apr 2, 2008 at 06:12 PM
    i feel so sorry for the poor animals ... could this man be related to c manson?
  • by Denise Location: Kentucky on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:11 AM
    It is a shame because the guy MIGHT get 30 days in jail and that's it. People who abuse animals are sick. They ought to make him live in the kind of condition these poor animals were living in. It's just a shame!! It makes me so mad to see animals treated like this. It's just a shame.
  • by Jules Location: Lexington on Apr 2, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    How did these comments go from being about the mistreated animals to slamming people who live in KY? I hate to hear about animals not being taken care of, there is no excuse for it. If you can't take care of them don't try! All that happens is the animals suffer. My question is why on earth would he even think that he could take care of 20 animals living where he was?
  • by Susan Location: nicholasville on Apr 2, 2008 at 08:30 AM
    I truly wish the punishment would fit the crime and maybe 'some' people would realize or be able to admit that they just should not be in possesion of animals. I think he should be put to sleep. He is no good to society or anything else. If he let those poor animals get in that kind of shape he has to be scuz himself. Maybe when all of the people that come in contact with him contract the same disease they will take action.
  • by Joey on Apr 2, 2008 at 07:50 AM
    I wonder what happened to all the other comments?
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Apr 2, 2008 at 06:21 AM
    As bad as this is, this is probably for the best for these poor creatures. They are in pain and suffering so they need to just be put down. That is the best thing for them at this point. I just don't understand certain individuals anymore!
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