WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18) — Charges may be forthcoming after several animals were found abandoned and ailing inside a residence in Winchester.
Clark Co Animal Shelter took in 5 extremely emaciated and dehydrated animals over the weekend. Director says it's the worst case of neglect/abandonment the county has ever seen @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/RFrkuXyCtt
— Conor McCue (@Conor_WLEX) September 4, 2018
Officials in Clark County say the animals were discovered Saturday after a voicemail from someone concerned about the situation. Authorities found four dogs and one cat in “extremely poor health” at a home described as abandoned.
“If they had been left there though the weekend, it’s likely for a couple of them we would have been recovering remains, not animals,” said Adreanna Wills, Director of the Clark County Animal Shelter.
Charges may be pending in the case, officials said, who described it as an abandonment and neglect case.
The Clark County Animal Shelter is caring for the rescued animals. Each was emaciated, dehydrated, and covered with fleas.
“For all of the animals to be in such bad shape, this would definitely rate at the top of some of the worst we’ve seen in recent years,” said Wills.
In an interview with Lex 18, Wills said she was hopeful the animals will make a full recovery.
“Now, some may respond more quickly than others, but we feel pretty good that we’re going to be able to pull them through it,” Wills said.
Officials there say donations are welcome as care of the ailing dogs and cat is likely to take weeks. You can find a list of needed supplies and make a secure donation here.