SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - Scott County Animal Control seized a number of animals Wednesday afternoon in Sadieville, including horses that officers considered to be "close to death."
The three horses, five dogs, eight chickens and rabbit seized were all the result of an investigation going back to July. It started with a complaint about a dog left in a black crate in the summer heat.
Investigators soon worried about the condition of all the other animals.
"They had no shelter, no water, and the horses had no grass or feed," said Katie Moreland, an animal control officer.
Moreland and the other officers brought every animal -- except for the horses -- to the shelter in Georgetown where they evaluated them and documented any conditions.
Officers determined the dogs, chickens, and rabbits were all in good health. They said the horses were not, as many were eating fresh grass for the first time in possibly weeks after being seized and placed near the shelter.
"They're close to being on a scale that is terrible, almost death, so we had to seize them to get them veterinary care," She said.
Chassidy Fightmaster lives down the road from where those animals had been. She saw Wednesday's seizure and wasn't surprised.
"I can't count how many times I went over there and fed corn and sweet feed to them and stuff like that," Fightmaster said.
The neighbor said she doesn't think anything her neighbors did was intentional, but believes something had to be done.
"You see that they're not doing well, so if you can't afford to take care of them, you've got to find them a home that can," she said.
Animal control officers said the owners aren't facing charges, but could in the future.
The couple wasn't home when we stopped by for their side of the story.