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Disturbing details emerge in animal cruelty case

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

They were dirty, diseased, even dehydrated. That's how authorities describe more than 100 dogs seized in Rowan County earlier this month.

The new details were included in an arrest warrant for Patricia Blevins, 58, who has been charged with 46-counts of animal cruelty in the case.

According to the warrant 111 dogs were seized from her property on Castle Drive in Morehead. The animals were reportedly living in horrible conditions. The dogs were stacked on top of each other inside and outside of the mobile home, authorities say.

The warrant also claims, the dogs and puppies were mostly in kennels with trays underneath them. In one of the trays, authorities say, they found a dead puppy, surrounded by feces, urine, and dog food.

In some of the outside kennels, dead rats were discovered under dogs.

"I'm just so relieved something has finally been done," said Lana Stewart.

Stewart, a neighbor, said the problems have existed for years.

"I just feel for those animals," she said. "They're dependent on us and people like that shouldn't have animals."

Authorities also say many of the animals had evidence of fleas, long nails, dental disease, abnormal skin, abnormal ears, abnormal eyes, severe hair matting and were suffering from dehydration.

"I just can't get over how bad it got, before somebody stepped in," said Daniel Patton.

Patton, another neighbor said, weeks leading up to the seizure things had gone from bad to worse.

"The smell, it's hard to explain," Patton said. "So bad, you didn't want to breath in on some days, it was awful."

When we attempted to get comment from Blevins, she said, while she would like to defend herself, her attorney has advised her not, too.

In 2004, animal cruelty charges against Pat Blevins were dropped, when county officials say her late husband plead guilty to those charges.

She will face her current charges next Monday morning in Rowan County Circuit Court.

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