People in Pulaski Show "Romeo" the Love

People at the Pulaski County Animal Shelter were busying answering phones Tuesday.

“We've received I'd say over 100 phone calls,” said an animal shelter employee.

Most of them want to adopt "Romeo."

Derrick Loveless is one of them. “I don't see how anyone could do this to a dog. Especially one this friendly,” says Loveless of the Lab.

Others just want to make sure Romeo is taken care of, “Seeing if they can help us with any kind of medical bills; food, just anything,” said the employee.

Police say his owner, Ronald Shawn Turner, beat Romeo. And they have some good evidence as Turner's neighbors witnessed the abuse and captured it all on camera. The neighbors’ say the dog was slammed to the ground, choked and that even the doghouse was dropped on top of him.

For now, Romeo is under court order to stay at the shelter, until the case is resolved. A couple of things have to take place first. Ronald Shawn Turner has to be arraigned. At that point, the judge could decide to settle everything or a trial date could be set. At that point we should know where Romeo's home will be.


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  • by Alexis Nulle Location: Boyle County on Nov 3, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    Thank You For showin us the weather!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 30, 2007 at 08:23 PM
    I hope the dog beatings don't continue like all the other illegal things in the county - the bootleggers, cock fighting, drinking "social clubs" in a dry county, & cherry master gambling machines in all the stores. How can we expect them to help a dog when they aren't stopping illegal activities concerning humans?
  • by Joan Location: Richmond on Jun 29, 2007 at 06:57 PM
    Any living being should not be treated with such cruelty. Whether it is a child, dog, cat, person etc., my heart aches to see such careless respect for life. I hope that Romeo can have a fast and complete recovery.
  • by meg Location: lexington on Jun 29, 2007 at 02:57 PM
    Ben is as sick as the SOB who treated his dog like that.
  • by Leslie Location: Lexington on Jun 26, 2007 at 03:48 PM
    Convict the SOB of torture and throw away the key. And , Kentuckians, look around you. In central KY there are plenty of places with a hundred roosters and no chickens. These people are also engaged in torture. Why do so many people in this state think animals are not worthy of our protection? And has anyone in Lincoln county seen the hideous mess the former Miss USA (recently featured on tv for brandishing a gun) keeps her many animals in?? I have reported her several times the the Lincoln county judge. They just don't care. Get me out of here!
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jun 15, 2007 at 03:55 PM
    Ben, you are a miscreant, if you think any dog deserves the type of beating this dog got. Anyone that has ever had an animal knows they learn at there own pace or not at all. Beating them either makes them mean or so timid they'll never be around people. Tony i agree with you in principal, but realistically speaking accidental vehicular homicide of an animal is one thing, running one down is another. To all of you that said, contact your local humane society.. my hats off to you.. A friend worked for the Lex Humane society for several years and i can tell you, this is just one case of cruelty, theres countless more that are far worse than this...This nimrod was caught on tape, thats why he's in trouble...Mel i think this guy deserves a Hasselhoff award too
  • by Dad Location: Lexington on Jun 15, 2007 at 08:22 AM
    Hey Ben, there are 17 comments about this story (18 counting mine) and 280 concerning the death of Clay City's Police Chief. We don't care about people???
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 15, 2007 at 06:58 AM
    There have been over 100 requests to adopt this dog. Granted, it needs love and care, but so do the others at our local Humane Society. This desire to adopt could have taken 100 dogs out of cages right there...not necessarily Romeo, but all the others just like him who have been abused or abandoned by the people they trusted. They're right there waiting for you. Go now. If you can adopt Romeo, you can adopt some of these less sensational dogs who need you just as much!
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Lexington on Jun 15, 2007 at 06:44 AM
    Ben from Somerset - People are commenting on this story because it is here; they also comment and care when people get abused, injured or killed; just read the story about Chief Lacy and the comments people are making concerning his death. Just because people show compassion for one doesn't mean they are void of compassion for the other(s). Your comment about it's his dog and if it needed a beating then so be it shows a lack of common sense and rational thinking on your part. If you feel that way, then a parent who has a child can beat that child as well because it is their child? Nobody, human or animal deserves to be abused which is exactly what this man did to this puppy. And if you feel his dog did something wrong to deserve this kind of treatment, once again, you are dead wrong. You do not correct bad behavior with abuse.
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jun 15, 2007 at 06:37 AM
    Thank you Mel for taking the words right out of my mouth. You are absolutely right.
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