- Kentucky, USA -
On Thursday, January 21, Warren County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous report about a puppy mill operation in a property on Whitlock Road in Alvaton.
Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower said that animal control responded.
Officers made contact with the homeowner, 73-year-old DONNA BYARD.
Lexington Herald Leader reports that inside a barn behind BYARD’s home, officers discovered dogs and puppies with “feces covering the floor in their living space, feces built up in the drain the entire width of the barn, and feces on the animals.”
According to a police citation filed in Warren District Court, BYARD told the officers that the drain in the barn where she breeds the dogs had been clogged for two weeks.
The furbabies were removed from the property by animal control with assistance from the sheriff’s office and Warren County Humane Society.
They were taken to Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society, but they are not up for adoption at this time.
BYARD was charged with 63 misdemeanor counts of second-degree cruelty to animals.
She is scheduled to appear in court on February 11, 2021.
Both Sheriff Hightower and Tracy Moser with the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society believe animal welfare laws in Kentucky should be updated to hold these operations more accountable.
In this regard Sheriff Hightower said: “I truly believe Kentucky could do much better with the laws that we have that would be more specific to anybody running any business when it comes to selling or trading dogs, cats.”
While Ms. Moser said: “If we had some sort of department, some sort of education, and someone who could inspect these places when there is a complaint, more so than an animal control officer, one that is always inspecting, just like the health department regulates restaurants, then we could actually prevent a lot of this stuff from happening.”
Ms. Moser has sadly explained that lawmakers are against the idea of putting more regulations on breeding and selling animals because Kentucky is an agricultural state, and many farmers breed and sell their farm animals.
Ms. Moser rightfully said that dogs, cats, and other animals people sell as ‘pets’ should fall under a different category as there are many more cases of neglect surrounding those types of operations.
As reported by WYMT, Ms. Moser said that in order to change things, the best way is to educate yourself on Kentucky animal welfare laws, and then contact your state representative or local lawmakers to share your opinions on how they could be improved.
Ms. Moser has created a website where you can find the resources to do so.
You will also find the bills that are up for discussion that involves animal welfare.
Many thanks to whoever reported BYARD to the authorities.