Dogs found starving at eastern Kentucky home

A man faces animal cruelty charges after investigators say they found several dogs starving at a home.

On September 3, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to a home in the Sitka community to investigate an animal cruelty complaint.

Once there, deputies say they found 12 dogs who did not have any water or food.

Deputies say they also found one dog dead on top of a brush pile. Deputies say that dog had been partially burned, with the collar and leash still on.

The dog warden was called in to remove the other dogs from the home.

While they were being transported to an animal shelter in Greenup County, deputies say seven of the dogs died.

Investigators don't yet know what caused the dogs to die.

The sheriff's office charged 50-year-old Ricky Salyers with second degree animal cruelty.

He's scheduled to appear in court September 27.

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