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Johnson County couple facing animal cruelty charges

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Folks in one Paintsville community say their neighbors moved away about a month ago, leaving behind several animals. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office just rescued those animals and the owners now face criminal charges.

Many living in the North Gate subdivision say they could see several animals through the windows of the home on W. H. Dixon Boulevard.

Deputy Terry Tussey says, "Neighbors say they hadn't seen the owners in quite some time and were not sure they had food or water."

Once inside the home, Deputy Tussey says he found nine dogs and one cat without any food or water.

"Several of the animals were very skinny, feces all over the place, urine all over the place...the house was not in living condition at all," explains Tussey.

The dogs were taken from the home, Jamie and Estill Clark charged with second-degree animal cruelty.

Tussey says, "When I see animals in that condition I wonder..Why? Why are people going to just leave their animals and move away?"

Kathleen Castle, with Paintsville Johnson County Animal Rescue says, "We hear about these cases more often and we encourage anyone who suspects anything to contact your local law enforcement or animal rescue."

Volunteers with the rescue group say after they officially receive custody and once the animals are cleared by a veterinarian, they will be available for adoption.

Deputies say they have spoken with the animal owners, who claim they are in the process of moving and were planning to come back for the animals.

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