Two juveniles charged in Franklin Co. animal abuse case

Published: Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:18 AM EST
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The Franklin Co. prosecutor announced that two juveniles are facing charges in connection with an animal abuse case.

The Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office charged the juveniles, who are both under the age of 18, with cruelty to animals and complicity. Officials could not release the names of the individuals involved because of juvenile confidentiality rules.

Earlier this week, video surfaced of a group of teenagers unhooking a dog, named Opal, from the front porch of her home and then attacking her.

"I was appalled, just appalled," Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said.

The video, which lasts four seconds, is hard to watch.

WKYT has decided not to show it.

You can see a recording of the video, which was shared on Facebook by concerned citizens trying to bring attention to the matter, by clicking


The County Attorney says the juveniles will be processed through the Franklin District Court Juvenile Division.

Franklin Co. Sheriff Pat Melton said that people have been threatening the suspects and their families. The sheriff warned people to stop the threats or they could face charges.

"We need to make sure that we don't make a second act worse than the first and with that said we expect people to act as adults and act as such and show their class. Two wrongs don't make a right, keep that in mind as we move forward."

Sheriff Melton also urged people to get in touch with state legislators to urge them to strengthen animal cruelty laws.

"We need to use our passion for our animals legislatively. We need to toughen our laws and we need to get a hold of our legislators, who are in session now, they're in Frankfort," Melton said.

If you want to help Opal, you can donate to her owner's account at VCA Woodford Animal Hospital: (859) 873-5181.