Hundreds Of Animals Seized From Adair Shelter

ADAIR COUNTY, KY -- More than 300 animals — including dogs, cats, chickens and goats — have been rescued from an Adair County organization where the bodies of dead animals were found with live ones and feces and urine contaminated the rooms, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Sunday edition.

David Floyd Howery, the owner of Clean Slate Animal Rescue in Columbia, has been charged with 195 counts second-degree animal cruelty.

"It's the worst thing I've ever seen in the way of animals and the conditions that they were living in and the health that a lot of them are in," said Chief Deputy Bruce McCloud of the Adair County sheriff's office.

Clean Slate, whose mission is to provide a temporary home until animals can be placed in a permanent one, was raided Friday after the sheriff's office received a call about the conditions at the rescue agency, McCloud said.

The sheriff's office seized about 210 dogs, 30 cats, 50 chickens, 12 goats, three potbellied pigs, three chinchillas, two donkeys and a horse at Clean Slate.

Six dead goats were found in a room with the 12 live goats, McCloud said.

Howery, 50, is being held on a $1,500 full cash bond at the Adair County Regional Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Adair District Court.

Additional counts of animal cruelty will be added and the total will probably exceed 300, McCloud said. Howery and his elderly father were living in the building with the animals and the animal carcasses, he said.

The sheriff's office called in the Environmental Protection Agency, the health department, the social services department and a hazardous-materials team for assistance, McCloud said.

The original 195 counts against Howery do not include charges for the dead animals or the chickens, goats, pigs, chinchillas or donkeys, McCloud said. The number of animals already dead hasn't been determined.

The animals are being housed at three locations for the time being, McCloud said. A local farm has taken in the goats and chickens. A rescue agency has taken in the horse and donkeys.

All of the dogs and cats have been taken to the Green River Animal Shelter in Columbia, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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  • by dusty Location: greenup on May 29, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    somebody needs to check out the greenup shelter. nasty!!!! i would not drop off a stuffed dog.
  • by Shelly on Feb 25, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    Upon seeing the news last night about these abusied animals I was very upset to learn they are talking about putting some of these dogs down if they are not abopted. I thought it was good that they where resuced but after learning they are talking about putting them down I see they are still no better off. They haven't even kept them long enough to see if they would be abopted. So now these dogs aren't any better off than they was before they was rescued. Shouldn't the shelters try to help the animals instead of putting them down. If any one lives in this area and can take these dogs in and give them a good home please do so.
  • by Meg Location: South-eastern KY on Feb 24, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    If animal abuisers had the same thing done to them they would quit that stupidly.
  • by Shelly on Feb 24, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    We need to stop going so easy on these animal abusiers. When they go to jail they are treated well and let out soon. It needs to be "An eye for an eye." When someone hurts an innocent animal they need a real punishment that hurts, and the same goes for those who hurt innocent people as well. When abusiers gets a real punishment that's when you will see the abuise rate go down.
  • by bev Location: Lexington, KY on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    Green River Animal Shelter 455 Jim Blair Road Columbia, KY 42728 also many animals will go today to Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society 1925 Old Louisville Rd. P.O. Box 1456 Bowling Green KY 42102 Both organizations need help. Volunteers on site are
  • by Ryan Location: West Liberty KY on Feb 23, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    That's sad that those poor animals were treated this way and i hope they find good homes for all of them. thats pitiful what those people did to those animals when there the ones trying to prevent it. and there is no way they could take care of all those animals.
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Feb 23, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    Does anyone know the complete mailing address of the Green River Animal Shelter.
  • by Ramblin Rose Location: Somewhere in the US on Feb 23, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    There should be a National guideline set up with animal rescues being held accountable which would include unexpected visits by law enforcement to inspect facilities/animal conditions. At this time ANYONE can proclaim themselves an animal rescue. It appears to be very simple to receive a tax exempt status from IRS without accountability for monies/free feed/health care products ect. received. Animal rescue facilities and records should be open to public inspection. Until such guidelines are in place the milllions of self proclaimed animal rescues will continue to operate without care or regard for the actual animals welfare.
  • by Lacy Location: Danville on Feb 23, 2009 at 01:01 AM
    I hope the media gives this extra attention so that maybe this story will get out and encourage an "Adopt-a-thon" (or something similar)and maybe these animals will get a second chance at a new home. Please see the following link reguarding the fate of these cats and dogs.
  • by chris Location: frankfort on Feb 22, 2009 at 09:07 PM
    $1500.00 full bond is a joke. First, there is no way this man would be able to take care of this amount of animals.That in no way an excuse for the abuse and neglect these animals suffered. In Frankfort we recently had almost 50 dogs seized over the same conditions. The couple had already been comvicted of animal cruelty.It seems there is a lot of animal abuse in KY and the punishment is a joke. See that these people are punished.
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