Man Pleads Not Guilty To Animal Cruelty Charges

A Somerset man accused of a disturbing animal abuse case pleaded not guilty to charges Thursday.

Investigators say Ronald Turner, 30, beat his dog, Romeo, even slamming a dog house on top of the animal.

Police released pictures from home video taken by Turner's neighbor.

Investigators say the video captured the alleged abuse as it happened, calling it one of the worst cases of animal abuse they've seen.

Romeo is now recovering at an animal shelter.


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  • by James Location: Akins on Jun 30, 2007 at 06:50 PM
    Is the dog up for adoption?
  • by RS Location: Lex on Jun 30, 2007 at 10:19 AM
    Please, folks - focus your energy on something meaningful. There are AIDS patients in Lexington that could use a little help with grocery shopping and hundreds of lonely elderly who would like a visit now and again. Forget this jerk and move on. I don't know WHY this is considered newsworthy on this station.
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 29, 2007 at 10:15 AM
    Most of the people who have commented on this case have been just as outraged at child abuse/neglect cases. Nobody is "turning their heads and ignoring the real problems". We just happen to love animals, as well as other forms of life, and consider this a problem, too. And no, I've never kicked a cat, a dog, a kid or anything else, nor would I forget to feed my pets OR my kids. But I'd like to kick Ronald Turner.
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jun 29, 2007 at 08:05 AM
    Not guilty??????? Apparently this idiot does not understand the words "caught on tape". Anyone that would treat an animal this way is a total waste of skin and oxygen. There is no place in society for a sack of scum like this. Ham in Frankfort took the words right out of my mouth. If anyone tried to harm my pets they would have me to deal with and I guarantee you they will be sorry by the time I get done with them. What goes around comes around.
  • by d.l. Location: london on Jun 29, 2007 at 05:39 AM
    AMEN DONNA, THIS IS MY POINT. NOT THAT IT IS OK TO BEAT THE DOG BUT COME ON THERE ARE CHILDREN IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD BEING BEAT OR HUNGRY OR THERE PARENTS ARE DOING DRUGS OR WORSE AND NONE OF YOU ARE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT OR CALLING AND REPORTING IT OR BLOGGING ABOUT IT. YOU SET THERE AND TURN YOUR HEADS AND IGNORE THE REAL PROBLEMS GOING ON. OUR COUNTRY IS IN THE MESS ITS IN TODAY BECAUSE PEOPLE TURN THE OTHER WAY. KIDS ARE OUT OF CONTROL, DRUGS ARE EVERYWHERE, PUSHING GOD OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS, LETTING ILLEGALS RUN WILD, GAS IS OUTRAGEOUS NOT TO MENTION OUR BOYS ARE DYING EVERY DAY IN THE RICHEST OIL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND STILL WE SET AND GRIPE AND WORRY ABOUT A POOR LITTLE DOG GETTING BEAT BY ITS OWNER THAT I BET AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER ALMOST ALL OF YOU HAVE KICKED THE CAT, FORGOT TO FEED THE DOG OR IGNORED THE POOR CHILD THATS HUNGRY BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH SOMEONES PROBLEM!!!!!! DONT FORGET THE POOR DOG
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 29, 2007 at 05:13 AM
    "I'd like to arraign him right up side his head"....lol, me too! Nothing to say about this, Marla said it for me.
  • by ham Location: frankfort on Jun 29, 2007 at 05:10 AM
    Gene, you are an angel I hope that you can find him and give him that forever loving home God Bless you :)
  • by Lee Jennings Location: Phila., PA on Jun 29, 2007 at 04:23 AM
    Even the FBI has correlated animal abuse to the escalated abuse of humans and there is no doubt this is a dangerous person. Animal abuse is absolutely a sign of deeper problems! A word to the wise: those who fail to learn lessons the first time around (as in not recognizing that animal abuse is a serious sign) are destine to repeat them. Animal abuse does and can not be compared to abortion as Somerset tried to infer. The fact of the matter is that animal cruelty/abuse/neglect IS against the law and those who advocate on behalf of animals are only asking those in judicial positions to uphold it and mete out meaningful punishment.
  • by Gene Location: Lexington on Jun 28, 2007 at 05:47 PM
    I find it hard to understand why anyone would treat any dog heck any animal in this fashion he should get the maximum penalty allowed for this crime and it should be stated that he can never again own any pets in his life time. Als if Romeo needs a good home I will gladly adopt him I intend to try to figure out just where he is I love labs and have been looking for one about his age if anyone can assist me in locating just where this dog is I would apprecate it, I can be reached at my email address.
  • by Marla Location: Lexington on Jun 28, 2007 at 01:46 PM
    Donna, the logic of ignoring one form of abuse because some people ignore another type is weird thinking!! Let's just "not get so upset about animal abuse" and that will surely make the world a better place. People who can abuse anything that is dependent upon them, has no voice to make the abuse known or is less capable of defending themselves from the abuser is a very small and dangerous person. Show me a person who cares about defenseless animals(and I don't mean just their own pet) and I will guarantee you will find a good person...a person who cares not just about animals, but about decreasing ALL suffering in this world. This man looked an innocent animal in the eyes, an animal who looked to him for care and love, and BEAT it. Would you want him taking care of, let's say, your elderly father? Not a chance!! I am sure his personality runs the gamut of possible abusive situations.
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