FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — An investigation is underway in Frankfort after a woman was caught Saturday on video surveillance dropping off nine puppies in freezing cold temperatures by the front door of the Life House for Animals rescue facility.
Police said the basket that the puppies were dropped off in had a blanket inside, but no other protection from the elements. The basket was dropped at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and was not found by shelter staff until 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Five of the puppies have since died.
The remaining puppies were taken by volunteers to Ohio and united with a female dog who was able to nourish them. At this time they continue to be cared for by volunteers.
All Dogs Come From Heaven Rescue is asking for donations for resources needed to help nurse the puppies back to health. Donations can be sent here.
Police are asking the public for help and information to identify the woman who dropped off the puppies. Police said their hope is to not only seek appropriate criminal charges for the suspect, but also to educate the public on the dangers to animals in the current weather we are experiencing.
If you would like to help identify the suspect in the video you can remain anonymous and send a tip to Franklin County Sheriff Office's tip line at 502-320-3306. You can also send a message on Facebook or call our office at 502-875-8740.
Police are reminding residents that domesticated animals must be provided with adequate shelter, food and water. Pet owners must take into account the severity of the weather and provide shelter that will protect the animal from the elements.
According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, a person can be charged with cruelty to animals in the second degree (a misdemeanor) when they any animal to or causes cruel or injurious mistreatment through abandonment.
Anyone who may need to surrender an animal for any reason after business hours should contact our dispatch center at 502-875-8582. Deputies can assist with appropriate care and housing of said animals.
The Franklin County Humane Society is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The humane society can also be reached by phone at 502-875-7297.