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$1,000 reward offered in animal abuse case

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“If someone could do that to a dog I worry what they could do to a child.”

By Stevie Lowery

The Marion County Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a recent case of animal abuse.
According to Marion County Animal Control Officer Kay Turpin, the remains of a dog were found in Raywick last week, and the animal’s front paws, back paws and mouth had been tied up with green twine.
Turpin said the water is known to rise in the area where the dog’s remains were found, so she is unsure if the animal was tied up and thrown out to drown or if it had been tied up and left there for weeks to suffer. Either way, it’s a heinous crime, she said.
“It’s devastating,” Turpin said. “How can somebody do that? Why do that to a dog when you have an animal shelter? What was this person’s motivation?”
Turpin said she believes more than one person was involved in this incident because the dog was larger in size and probably tried to defend itself.
“A dog is going to fight back if it feels threatened,” Turpin said.
Turpin said she sees all levels of animal abuse on a regular basis, some of which aren’t actually considered “abuse” in the state of Kentucky. Two of the most common forms of abuse she sees are starvation and untreated cases of mange, but this particular incident is beyond atrocious, she said. She hopes the Humane Society’s $1,000 reward will lead to an arrest.
“We can’t stop it all, but people need to report abuse,” Turpin said.
Susan Lowery, president of the Marion County Humane Society, said people need to know this type of horrific abuse is occurring right here in their own hometown.
“It is disheartening that after all these years there are still people who would do such a thing,” Lowery said. “I have seen and dealt with animal abuse and neglect in Marion County since 1979 with the Marion County Humane Society. There have been some really horrible cases, but this one, right down the road from my house, was particularly heinous. If someone could do that to a dog I worry what they could do to a child.”
If anyone has any information about this incident, or any other cases of animal abuse, call Lowery at 270-865-2116 or Turpin at 270-692-0464.
“Speak up,” Lowery said. “If you see something, say something.”

What the law says…
In Kentucky, the torture of a dog or cat is a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class D felony for each subsequent offense if the dog or cat suffers physical injury or death. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by 90 days to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $500. A Class D felony is punishable by one to five years in prison.