Dogs seized, animal rescue group in Johnson County needs help

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Paintsville-Johnson County Animal Rescue Group is asking for help.
Volunteers say they need the community's help for animals that are suffering.

There are now two more dogs in what is used as a make-shift animal shelter at the Johnson County Garage.

Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy David Pridemore says, "Yesterday we received a complaint about some animals being neglected on Silk Stock Road in the Thealka community."

Deputy Pridemore says the home was secured with a padlock and four dogs were loose on the property.

"I spoke with some of the neighbors and they advised that the animals had been alone for up to a week without food or water," says Pridemore.

Two of the dogs were seized and brought to their temporary home at the county garage. Officials say they will be going back to seize the other two dogs.

Kitty Castle, with the rescue group says, "They are in need of immediate veterinary care...they are very ill."

Volunteers with the rescue group say this situation is just another example of the great need for more help and hopefully, eventually an animal shelter for the area.

"We seize so many dogs and most are malnourished or very thin and there's just not enough money for proper vet care, housing, and feeding. Right now we store them all at the garage and we are limited as to how much space we have," says Deputy Pridemore.

Due to that limited space, each Friday morning the animals must be gone.

Castle says, "An estimated 800 dogs each year are transported to high kill shelter and over 90% of those dogs are euthanized."

That is why the rescue group works diligently to pull animals from the garage to receive needed care and hopefully find a forever home.

Volunteers say they are trying to get an animal shelter for the area but until that happens they really need donations for dogs currently in foster care.

They are in need of volunteers, bedding, food, foster homes, and monetary donations.

For more information on how to help contact:

Tammy Music-Mann (606)262-5791
(606)792-6103

Melissa Furculow (606)789-8441

Brenda Compton Little (606)793-2043

Kitty Castle (606) 422-0333

Donations can be sent to:
Paintsville-Johnson County Animal Rescue
PO Box 1485
Paintsville, Ky. 41240

***UPDATE ON SICK DOGS THAT WERE SEIZED***
They were taken for treatment on Thursday afternoon. Paintsville-Johnson County Rescue needs donations to help with the vetting of the 2 dogs taken to Highland Vet Clinic. They have severe sarcoptic mange. Please call the vet directly to make a donation for their care at 606-789-1195.


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