Police find 13 dogs in home with meth lab

Finding a meth lab is nothing new for police in Whitley County. But inside a home on the Cumberland Falls Highway, police made other disturbing discoveries.

“13 dogs were taken from the residence,” said Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

An animal control officer joined deputies, state police, and even US Forest Rangers when the search warrant was served.

“Also, an elderly woman was taken from the residence,” said Harrell.

That’s why social services were called.

“I don’t think she had any knowledge of it, or knew what was going on,” said Harrell.

However, police say Joey Johnson and his wife Victoria knew full well what they were doing. Cooking meth amidst 13 dogs and others, police say, putting all in harm’s way.

“What goes through my mind? To have 13 dogs in a house, no one can take care of 13 dogs, the way they should be taken care of,” said Harrell.

The Johnsons are facing meth making and drug trafficking charges. Neighbors tell us they knew illegal stuff had been going on at the home for months. Police say they’re troubled that social services had to be called.

“An elderly woman like this? Using her. Is all that it amounts to,” Harrell said.

Both Joey and Victoria Johnson are in jail on $50,000 cash bond.

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