Man Pleads Not Guilty To Drug, Animal Abuse Charges

A Pulaski County man entered a not guilty plea Wednesday morning after being arrested on drug charges and accused of keeping dogs in filthy conditions.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department says they got a search warrant for a home on Add Floyd Road in Somerset after a report of drug trafficking and animal abuse.

Deputies say they went into Ricky Bell's home early Tuesday morning. They say they found and seized methamphetamine, marijuana, and other illegal narcotics.

Deputies say they also found twenty five dogs and two cats at the home that were malnourished and in very poor health. They say the home was filthy, with urine and feces covering most living spaces.

The Pulaski County Animal Shelter was called in to remove the animals from the home.

45-year-old Ricky L Bell was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree, possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and twenty five counts of cruelty to animals 2nd degree. He is being held in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

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