Floyd County man arrested on animal cruelty charges

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

A Floyd County man is behind bars on animal cruelty charges.

We reported before about a dog that was found severely underweight with significant health problems on the German Bridge Campground.

Now the man who had possession of the dog has been arrested and charged with second degree cruelty to animals.

Duane Conley was arrested Friday morning, and the Floyd County Attorney says Conley might not be the only one facing charges.

He is a great dane called Moo, and he is less than one year old but has suffered what officials are calling serious neglect.

"He hadn't eaten properly, poor nutrition, parasites, mange, skin infections," said Dr. Joel Salyer at Highland Veterinary Clinic.

Now someone is being held responsible. Conley was charged with second degree cruelty to animals and arrested Friday morning.

"He's had possession of this dog, we're able to prove now, for more than a month. Its health is of such a nature that it's obvious the dog wasn't getting appropriate care," said Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley.

Conley denied our request for an interview, but earlier this week he said he does not feel he should be held responsible because someone else dumped the dog. He says he was trying to help it, but officials say if he had the dog for more than a month he should have been in much better health.

"The dog was basically tied up while Mr. Conley and his wife left for vacation," said Bartley.

Dr. Salyer says the dog's condition would be more understandable if he was not in the care of someone.

"When they are in an environment where they are supposed to be taken care of then it's a sad situation," said Dr. Salyer.

The county attorney says he believes Conley's story that someone else left the dog as a stray, and he says they are investigating the issue.

"Assuming that information pulls together as we think it will, Mr. Conley won't be the only person in jail," said Bartley.

The county attorney says Conley should be arraigned in court on Monday.

Moo is being treated at Highland Veterinary Clinic in Paintsville. They say he is in good spirits, but it could take nearly three months before he is fully recovered.

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