Dogs hadn’t been cared for in months after Ky. couple abandoned them, sheriff says

The sheriff’s office says deputies were called after people noticed the dogs had not been cared for in months.
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 11:28 AM EDT
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MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A couple faces animal cruelty charges after deputies say they abandoned two dogs in Mercer County.

The sheriff’s office says deputies were called after people noticed the dogs had not been cared for in months.

They say the couple that used to live in the house in northern Mercer County moved to Liberty, Ky. about four months ago, but left their dogs behind and didn’t make sure they were cared for.

Sheriff Ernie Kelty said he got two calls Tuesday from people telling him of malnourished dogs. He and the animal control officer responded and the chief deputy started an investigation.

One of the dogs was found running loose and the other was in a cage. Both are now being treated at Commonwealth Animal Hospital in Harrodsburg.

“Life got in the way. And they were overwhelmed with other issues. They were apologetic,” said Chief Deputy Wes Gaddies. “But, they said there’s no excuse. Which I agree. It’s a terrible thing.”

We’re told the couple, Michael and Katrina Cain, has been cited to appear in court. The sheriff’s office says one of the dogs was trained to be a fighting dog and the Cains are also facing charges for that.

Animal advocates say they’re seeing this far too frequently and say part of the problem is laws in Kentucky that don’t have enough teeth.

“Somebody gets in trouble, they will think about what they are doing,” said Anita Spreitzer, Paws 4 The Cause. “Those people who starved those dogs, they didn’t care because they know they are going to get a slap on their wrist and walk away.”

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