2 charged after dozens of dogs found in 'extremely poor' conditions

Posted at 12:50 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 18:23:43-04

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (WPSD/LEX 18) — Two people have been charged with animal abuse in McCracken County after 51 dogs were found living in "extremely poor" conditions.

According to WPSD, Jennifer Campbell and her father have been accused of abusing the dogs. They are charged with multiple counts of second-degree animal abuse.

Campbell said she never meant to hurt the animals.

"It just got out of control and I'm sorry," Campbell said.

According to Campbell, the dogs had multiple litters of puppies and she had a hard time finding homes for them. She said she was scared to reach out for help.

"If I could take it all back and do it all over again, I would do things differently and it wouldn't have happened like this," said Campbell.

McCracken County Animal Control, along with Sheriff's Deputy Melissa Dillon, took many dogs from the home.

"The conditions were extremely poor for the animals, very poor for humans," said Dillon. "Just terrible conditions."

Dillon said that, at this point, the main thing moving forward is making sure each dog is taken care of.

"With this many animals, its a slow process in trying to evaluate them and get everything that we need to take care of the animals," said Dillon.

Campbell said she hopes the community can forgive her and that the dogs find good, loving homes.

"I'm sorry," Campbell said. "I would give my life. I would give my life so those dogs would not have suffered."

The McCracken County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the situation.

More charges could be coming soon.

The McCracken County Humane Society is working to get the dogs back to good health.