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Shelter overrun after animal cruelty case

Frankfort, Ky (WKYT) - The Franklin County Humane Society is over capacity after taking in nineteen malnourished dogs, eight alpacas, and four large birds. It expects to have many more animals on the way, now that a judge ordered all animals belonging to Sandra and William Coy be taken to the shelter.

Deputies arrested the Coys on 23 counts of animal cruelty Saturday. Both appeared in court Monday through video, and plead not guilty to the charges.

While the Franklin County Humane Society is relieved the Coy's no longer have custody of all of the animals, having them at the shelter is going to put a strain on operations in terms of space and finances. That has staff members pleading for help. "A lot of vetting needs to be done for these animals. X-rays, surgeries, and a lot of procedures that are going to need to be done, and the funding has to come from somewhere. We're really going to need the community to step up and help support us financially," said Nancy Benton.

At this point, all the animals that have been seen by the vet are expected to make a full recovery.

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