HARLAN, Ky (WYMT) - Harlan County Sheriff's Deputies found five pets abandoned in a home with no food or electricity and severely malnourished. Two other pets were found dead.
Now the owner, Thomas Fee, 36, is charged with seven counts of torturing an animal.
Harlan County Animal Shelter workers are now caring for the five dogs found starving, dehydrated and covered in parasites.
The dogs were found at a home on Lloyd Road in Blair. Sheriff's Deputies say the owners moved out and left them.
"The weeds were growing around on top of the animals. No food around. The only water was dark green, stagnant water that had been left in the kennels," said Deputy Matt Cope.
Deputies say they also found skeletal remains of a dog and a petrified cat.
Investigators say neighbors told them the owner was Thomas Fee who they found at his new home in Harlan County.
"He did claim ownership and admitted he'd been gone from the residence for two months and had not been there to feed them in one week," Deputy Cope said.
Fee is charged with seven counts of torturing an animal. He turned down our request for a jailhouse interview.
Meanwhile, animal shelter workers say the five dogs will survive.
"That's the worst thing when you see them in such horrible conditions and they're wagging their tails. They know they've been saved. It's beautiful. It's hard to break the love and spirit of a dog," said Jennifer Williams.
She says the dogs will most likely go to loving homes once they are healthy.
Fee is in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond.