–Pam Harrison, Site Admin
Been a warm and fuzzy day. On New Year’s Day, coming home from a family visit, we rescued this lost dog, dodging cars on the Western KY Parkway. Penny lured her over with my sandwich, and the poor girl seemed grateful to have a ride to somewhere. This dog had never been inside a home a day in her life, we would soon learn, and I named her Gypsy before we’d made it back to Hardin County. Little did I know how dead-on that name was going to be.
On January 4th, a happenstance by an unwitting visitor set Gypsy back on the road again. No one is sure how long she’d been gone before Patty shouted down the stairs, “Is Gypsy down there with you?!?” The rest of the day would be spent in tears and anxiety as staff and volunteers searched for this poor dog, in vain. But, by the power of love and social media, this dog is warm and secure at ARC again tonight. Stand by and you can get the recap of a strange week. Check out these posts and follow the comments.
We would later learn how far and wide the word was being posted:
Leslie Clifford Smith: Gypsy was also was put on the Hardin County Animal Shelter page. Last time I looked she had over 200 shares from there. She was also put on the Kentuckiana Lost and Found Pets page by my friend. I’m so glad she safely made it back!!
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Sweetie the Three-Legged Poodle was rescued by Monika and John Wilcox. We have no way of knowing how long they had her. She is about 10 years old, but in excellent health. Her teeth were very crusted with tartar, her hair was long and matted, she had tumors all over her belly. We were very worried about her prognosis. She required a major lumpectomy and mastectomy and during her teeth cleaning, two teeth had to be removed. Fortunately for Sweetie, all lumps and her lymph nodes indicated that everything was benign.
She has done very well in her foster home. When she was picked up at Woodland, the ARC volunteer was told, “Be careful, she doesn’t like being messed with.”
Well, after a couple of months she LOVES being messed with. She follows us all over the house, so she can get pet without the foster family’s bigger dogs schlumping all over her. This three-legged dynamo runs with her foster family dogs in the backyard to chase school buses and neighborhood kids along the fenceline like a big girl. When it’s quiet time in the house, she loves to lay close to us or goes off to enjoy quiet time in her crate out in the garage, or scratches quietly in the dining room even though she has no more fleas…..
Sweetie is housebroken, eats only canned Alpo (not the pâté dog food, she hates pâté), adores everyone, is completely housebroken, barks when she thinks she hears an intruder like a big dog, and wants nothing more than to totally fit into your home. This sincere little darling runs wild in circles around you, then stops, sits at your feet and open-mouth smiles up at you. Now, who on earth could say no to that??? She is posted here for adoption at Petfinder.com, or you can just call the Animal Refuge Center and let them know you want to welcome this little love into your home.
Adoption Fees: $60 for Cats, $70 for Dogs All our pets are spayed, neutered, and up-to-date on all shots. Our dogs have been tested and are presently on Heartworm prevention. The Animal Refuge Center has these and many more pets waiting for a good home. If you are interested in adoption, just give us a call at 270-877-6064 or browse http://animalrefugecenter.petfinder.com. If you cannot adopt a pet but would still like to help, see our Sponsor Program information at http://animalrefugecenter.org/ .
Written by Penny Edwards
The Summer of 2013 has proven to be a season of extremes. It’s either been cooler than usual or very hot, with a heat index of 100° or more. Life revolving around the animals and ARC has been much the same over the past few months.
We lost our goat Clark back in Spring, so we wanted to add a couple of new friends to the other three goats at ARC. Boer goats were the breed we had found, and little did we know that the babies we had acquired were ravaged with parasites. Their poor little bodies couldn’t handle it, so we lost three of them. It was so sad that we couldn’t save them, but this breed of goat is really sensitive.
However, we do have two adult female Boer goats, Cagney and Lacey hanging in there! Cagney is playful and independent, and Lacey is a real love. Both girls need sponsors for $10 a month. If you’re interested, please fill out a coupon on page 3.
We recently took in a pot belly pig named Zoey from Larue County. She’s very curious about the goats and would like to make friends with them. You can see her photo on page 10 – this cutie is going to be a real sweetie!
Hardin County suffered a big loss on July 25th when Monica Wilcox passed. Monica and her husband John started Woodland Wildlife more than 20 years ago, where wildlife was cared for, rehabilitated and released if possible. Monica was a gifted person with the animals: she had a special touch. Without Monica, Woodland Wildlife was forced to close its doors, and most of the animals had to be placed. ARC took in six geese from Woodland, and two dogs, one of which is already adopted, while the other one, an older poodle with many problems awaits a home. Read about Sweetie on page 4.
Back in the Spring we took in this kitty Lori from Elizabethtown. If you could see her Before and After photos, she wasn’t treated well. Skinny and eaten alive by fleas, she needed a lot of care. A very good Samaritan saw her get shoved away by her owners when she ran to them with excitement. Lori was caught, vetted and brought to us, and now she suffers what seems to be a form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Lori still shows some aggression, but it’s mostly her frustration with the world. She’s like an abused child that has never known kindness, so she lashes out at us sometimes. We’re still working with her. When you look directly into Lori’s eyes, there is a sadness that comes with her past—but stare a little deeper, and there’s a bright light that shines on her future.
It’s been a tough summer for feline adoptions as well, and we’ve had more kittens dropped this year than in the last several years combined. Still, we were able to ….
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A Radcliff wildlife shelter no longer will be in operation after the death of its manager.
Monika Wilcox, who ran Woodland Wildlife along with her husband, died Thursday at University Hospital in Louisville. The shelter is now closed but is in need of financial and volunteer assistance.
Wilcox, 59, worked with wildlife for 23 years, specializing in animals that needed extra care and couldn’t be placed elsewhere, said her daughter, Sarah Nickell.
Wilcox’s death was sudden, coming after injuries sustained from a fall down a flight of stairs, Nickell said. Wilcox was doing work for the shelter at the time.
“I kind of feel like she died doing what she loved,” Nickell said.
The majority of the animals that had been in the care of Woodland Wildlife have found other homes, but there still are a few cats that need to be placed, Nickell said. The cats have illnesses, but she hopes to find homes for them this week.
Large cages that housed the animals need to be disassembled, she said, and the lumber could be used for other purposes.
Those interested in taking in a cat or assisting with the cages can call (270) 351-3509.
Financial donations can help with the remaining bills for the shelter, Nickell said. Those interested in making donations can send contributions to Woodland Wildlife Inc. at 297 N. Woodland Drive in Radcliff.
Nickell said her mother always loved animals and decided to begin rehabilitating them more than two decades ago. She received necessary permits and soon became known as “the bird lady” around the area. Nickell said she could remember Wilcox searching for nightcrawlers to feed the birds. The operation grew to the point Wilcox was ordering large quantities of food for them.
Nickell said her mother ran the shelter because of her true love for the work.
“This was everything she was,” she said.
Wilcox’s funeral is at 7 p.m. today at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ANIMAL REFUGE CENTER RECEIVES ANIMAL SHELTER ASSISTANCE
Lexington, KY – July 9, 2013 – The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation on Tuesday, announced the Animal Refuge Center will receive $1,500 from the Animal Shelter Assistance program.
The Animal Shelter Assistance program was funded for the third year from a donation made by Boyle County cattle farmer Jim Gage. Gage realizes the importance of helping your local animal shelters and knows that both farmers and shelters are in the business of taking care of animals. “I like donating to local animal shelters because I can see the animals and know who my donation is helping,” states Gage.
Penny Edwards, Board President and Manager is very thankful to receive the extra funding. “It is so great to receive this funding to help protect our dogs from the harsh weather elements” stated Edwards, “This money means so much to help us be able to do things that we may not have been able to afford otherwise.” The group intends to use the money to build a permanent metal roof structure over the outdoor kennel area.
If you would like to make a donation to Animal Refuge Center please contact the animal shelter at 270-877-6064 or visit www.animalrefugecenter.org for more information. The shelter is always in need of cat litter, food, cleaning supplies and cedar chips.
In its third year the Animal Shelter Assistance program received 25 applications from across the state.
The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation mission is to pursue opportunities that promote the profitability of the cattle industry in Kentucky through educational and philanthropic endeavors. For more information visit www.kycattle.org or call 859-278-0899.
The Animal Refuge Center is an animal shelter and adoption agency promoting spay and neuter, finding forever homes for pets since 1989.
–By Penny Edwards
These two dogs bring a smile to our faces every day. They both help remind us why ARC is a necessary safe haven for our furry friends. Bailey and Dudley both came to us with very different stories, but each one has left their pawprints on our hearts.
Bailey has been at ARC for almost a year. She was one of those “Free To Good Home” ads in the News Enterprise, so we responded out of curiosity. When we read that this loving 9 year old Yellow Lab needed a new home, we thought that there was a devastating reason like a death in the family, or something of that nature.
A middle aged couple pulled up in a truck with Bailey, and I expected a story that Bailey belonged to someone that could no longer care for her. I instead heard the complete opposite. First of all, Bailey’s owners let her run the neighborhood without ever attempting to put up a fence to confine her, so of course the neighbors complained.
To add insult to injury, Bailey was not spayed after all these years, and two months prior had birthed a litter of puppies. I was told by Bailey’s owners that “she could’ve had 100 pups—they were so cute, we could have given them ALL away.”
I trembled with disgust thinking to myself, this old girl is very thin, and looks really rough around the edges. I just wanted these people to leave, but I had one last question:
“When was the last time Bailey received any vaccinations?”
They responded with, “What do you mean? She had shots when she was a puppy.”
I asked if they knew they had broken the law, since Bailey hadn’t been vaccinated for Rabies in 9 years. I put my arms around Bailey and the lady quietly put on a pair of gloves, patted Bailey on the head, got into the truck and proceeded to leave.
Bailey was a sweetheart from day one. She checked out Dudley, our other housedog, and settled in. We immediately vaccinated her and called the local veterinarian to get her spayed.
On surgery day I was nervous, because I thought Bailey might show up heartworm positive, but luckily she was negative. However, all wasn’t well in Bailey’s world. The veterinarian called to say, “We can’t spay Bailey because she has Pancreatitis.” Her bloodwork was horrible and the vet wasn’t sure if Bailey would make it. She was hospitalized for a few days, and then it was “touch-and-go” for a few weeks. We noticed Bailey was gaining weight and started looking very good. Several months went by, and Bailey had a heat cycle. We debated whether to spay her. The decision was unanimous: we wanted her to have a chance at a home. Her surgery was a few months ago, and this smiley face is now a happy and healthy girl.
Dudley came to us a couple of years ago after his owner, a dear friend of ARC, called me and said that she would be moving to an assisted living program. She wanted to know if ARC could take her two dogs. One of them was outgoing and we knew she would find a home, but the other, Dudley was totally feral. He was found roaming the country roads of Breckenridge County, where it took a lot of food and coaxing to catch him. Who knows how many cars had passed him by, zooming past, not giving a care about that matted mess of a dog? Maybe he approached someone’s front porch, looking for a scrap of food, when they threw something at him to scare him away.
They say that “the eyes are the windows to the soul”, and when I look at Dudley’s eyes, I feel like they tell such a story. He’s such a gentle soul—he wants attention, but still doesn’t know how to ask for it.
Dudley has come a long way. It took us about 6 months to be able to touch him unless we cornered him. Now he’ll take a treat out of our hands every now and then, and he enjoys his corner near the office door. We’re able to shave him and medicate him, but he still doesn’t walk on a leash. Patience is key with Dudley.
It’s time we look in his eyes and see only happiness, that’s what he deserves.
When your shelter takes in animals that would otherwise be euthanized at another shelter, it takes long term care and dedication to make these animals as adoptable as possible. Many of the wonderful cats and dogs that we accept are seniors, have viruses like Feline Leukemia or Feline AIDs, they’re three-legged, diabetic, they have seizures, etc. We are one of the few shelters that houses animals with special needs, so some say that makes us special. But we need your help in sponsoring these animals until they find homes of their own. You, our supporters, are special, too! You come through for us with monetary support or helping us to find a special person for that special needs pet. If you would like to sponsor an animal, for only $10 a month, please go to our Sponsor Page, download and fill out the coupon.
Thanks for everything you do to help us provide this haven for the animals. Don’t forget to save your Purina weight circles, save your aluminum, or get a $5 Kroger Fundraising Card! For ALL that you do, in supporting us, we thank you.
Join us for our Yard Sale to Benefit the Animal Refuge Center! Saturday, July 13, at the Animal Refuge Center, we will set up at the end of the drive at 185 Basham Trail off Burns Road and start the yard sale at 8:00 am. If you want to donate items to sell for this fundraiser, please call ARC at 270-877-6064 and let us know. See you there!!
See our Facebook Events page for more information.
For several years now, Science Diet has quit donating pet food to our shelter, so we have to ask for help from our friends! We have inquired about the best price for good quality food. We get a discount for bulk orders of 500 pounds or more, and we use checks from the Purina Pro Club to help with cost. $12.50 covers the cost of one 16 lb. bag of Purina Food after discounts.
We also get donated food from the KY Cattlemen’s Association, Southern States, Kentucky Farm Bureau and Farm Credit Services to help supplement the food we have to purchase. About $2,000 in our Food Fund would cover a whole year, so would you please help us reach our goal? As of this year, we’ve only reached $1,100 of our $2,000 Food Fund Goal! Pet food is the most important part of running our shelter! Please dig deep, and help us reach the final goal to feed our homeless pets for the rest of this year!
If you want to help us, please print out the coupon and send in your donation, or click below to give online at animalrefugecenter.org via Paypal! Thank you for helping us provide food and care for our homeless four-legged friends.
To keep up with progress on this fundraiser, click here!
When: Saturday, June 29 1-6 pm Where: Freeman Lake Park, Rotary Shelter, Elizabethtown, KY
Join us for a celebration with your adopted pet from ARC! Let’s enjoy the day sharing stories, photos, baked goodies and lots of fun.
Ongoing activities: Dog Wash (weather permitting) $10 Basic Wash, $15 The Works – Blow dry & cologne
Bake Sale, Pet Supplies, Trick Horse Show
The Trick Horse Shows will be at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30. Donations are welcome! Whether you have adopted from the Animal Refuge Center or not, everybody is welcome to join the festivities. Crates will be available to rest your pet. Goodie bags available for cats and dogs attending the party.
Penny Edwards has been Shelter Manager and President of the Board of Directors of the Animal Refuge Center since 2000. Starting as an animal caretaker there in May 1992, from those humble beginnings she and the Staff of ARC have seen the shelter evolve from a caged facility in an old barn to a home environment based animal shelter that is truly amazing.
All staff at the Animal Refuge Center earn the capability of near-veterinary assistant equivalents, with daily routines of medicines, first aid and occasional spay and neuter surgery assistance. Since 1992, Penny has performed medication responsibilities on a daily basis, and one might say it is now second hand.
Since her partnership with Pam Harrison in providing pet sitting services over the years, the two have already built an established clientele that they continue to serve on a weekly to monthly basis:
Snug at Home is a very responsible and capable company run by people who really care. I’m always glad to be able to keep my pets at home when I or my family travels, because my cats have special needs. My dogs also love the long walks and friendly interaction Snug at Home provides for them when I can’t be there. I can always trust this great company to care for my pets when I am not able to.
— Sarah Faulkner
Pam Harrison is the creative designer behind Snug@Home’s website and Facebook page. A professional graphic designer for going on 20 years, Pam is also well-known in the independent comics world for her comic book series. She won the Prism Comics Press Grant in 2008 for her work on the historical fiction graphic novel series, House of the Muses, and in 2011 won the Best Writing and Best Comic award for her science fiction series, A Deviant Mind. She is presently Executive Art Director and Editor for the comic anthology series Voices Against Bullying, combining the creative art and writing of some of the best young artists throughout the US to tell their individual stories, as the tagline of the anthology series indicates, “Because EVERYBODY…has a story to tell.”
Pam has also worked at the Animal Refuge Center off and on since 1992, and is currently Secretary of the Board of Directors, Publications Manager for the shelter and master of their website. In the early days, Pam had a gift for handling feral animals (her most recent rescue involved pulling a badly injured raccoon from beneath a stump, not an adventure for the faint-hearted), but these days she prefers handling the daily antics of domestic cats and dogs.
…or something like this:
Hi. I have 4 dogs and 9 cats in my household. One of the dogs, a 75 lb. Border Collie, is paraplegic, but she’s a happy dog. Pam and Penny have been sitting for this bunch for years, and for the last couple of years they have been walking the dogs weekly. Annie outgrew her wheelchair, and seemed not strong enough for another, so she now rides along in a garden wagon. Penny and Pam can manage with or without me, as I’m often at work.
I wouldn’t have been able to travel without Penny and Pam. When I am gone on extended trips, I have to have someone actually spending hours a day with the animals, and they do, including one at least staying overnight, as needed. The dogs love them: they’re just as thrilled when their car pulls up as they are mine. I feel so easy leaving my pets in their care. The cats probably love them as much as the dogs do.
Pam and Penny also help me with grooming, and getting Annie to the vet. I can’t speak highly enough of them, and I couldn’t manage without them! –Renee Lestienne
Click the image below to check out the Lestienne pets on their weekly outing, and check out all the other goodies in progress at Snug@Home’s FaceBook page. Have fun!
If you have need of petsitting services, go check out Snug@Home’s new website at http://snugathomepetsitting.com! Trusted faces in Hardin County, KY since 1992.
For the month of May until June 1st, the Animal Refuge Center is offering, in honor of Prom Season, our May Tuxedo Cat Adoption Special! We have many black and white cats to choose from!
Enjoy 50% OFF our $60 dollar cat adoption fee until June 1st — Tuxedo Cats Only!
ONLY $30!! OR ADOPT ONE, GET ONE FREE! Call the Animal Refuge Center at 270-877-6064 for their list of adoptable Tuxedo Cats.
For the Adopt One, Get One Free special, you can adopt two Tuxedo cats for the regular $60 adoption fee! Get your new baby today!
ANIMAL CARETAKER NEEDED for 15 to 20 hours per week, minimum wage. Work hours 9 am to 2 pm, must be available weekends. Must be dependable and have reliable transportation, only animal lovers need apply. Mail resume to Animal Care Takers, PO Box 400, Vine Grove KY, 40175.
No phone calls, please.
Thanks to Steve Walton of Action Auction, and volunteers Marimac Smythe, Pat McKinney, Sheryl Emerson, Madge Walker manning the chili booth, Pam Harrison running the social media and Penny Edwards handling the transactions, our estate and collectibles auction raised a lot of money for the Animal Refuge Center!
Our community always is there for us when we do a fundraiser, and this time our supporters went home with some awesome buys! Thanks so much, and we’ll be having more events and a yard sale or two later this summer!
We have a lot of great events scheduled this year, so check it out ASAP! Click the image at left to download your PDF newsletter courtesy of ARC!
Dear ARC Adopters,
Petfinder is building a gallery of unique cat parents and we want to hear from you!
A few weeks ago they wrote to us asking for celebrity adoption stories and Petfinder members sent in some amazing replies. It is great to see so many big names dedicated to adopting pets!
Petfinder asks us:
I am writing to you now to seek stories of unusual cat adopters. Do you have an adopter who breaks the mold when it comes to the typical cat parent? If you know of an adopter who fits the bill, please ask them to send us:
1-2 paragraphs about themself, their cat, their bond and how they came to be a proud cat parent
1-2 horizontal photos (minimum 700 pixels wide) of the adopter and their cat
Please note that the adopter must own the photo submitted, and it must be an original non-published work, not taken by a professional photographer.
The photos and descriptions can be fun, heartwarming, quirky… you name it! Petfinder wants to illustrate the real relationship between cats and their people. Please ask your adopters to email their information to us at email@example.com.
We’ve teamed up with our Affiliate Partner 1-800-PetMeds to bring you affordable care for your pets! Each purchase you make adds up to commissions for our shelter. To begin shopping, click the ad below our video or click on any of the 1-800-PetMeds banners you see on our site! Thank you for supporting healthy pets, and your support of the Animal Refuge Center!
He was the owner of J. L. Steen Funeral Directors and Best Friend Pet Cremation Services, a Kentucky Colonel and a member of Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Odell and Evelyn Steen; and an uncle, Thomas George Jr.
He is survived by his companion, Shelia Gosa of Elizabethtown; two aunts, Linda Skees of Elizabethtown and Janet Reed (Walter) of Rineyville; and several cousins including Michael Skees (Amanda), Scott Skees (Kelly), DeWayne Reed (Vickie), Carroll McDonald (Phyllis), Tom “Tomboy” George, Jakob Skees, Kassy Skees, Kayla Skees and Tyler Skees.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Elizabethtown Baptist Church. Burial follows in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens.
Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Friday at Percell & Sons Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.
After a three-week fundraiser to get life-saving heart surgery for little Jacques, a Poodle/Bedlington Terrier mix with a congenital heart defect, he was taken to Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists in Louisville, KY with high hopes.
But at 6:30 pm Tuesday evening, October 23, Penny Edwards, ARC shelter manager, received heartbreaking news: Jacques passed away during the surgery despite Doctor Applewhite and the other veterinarians’ best efforts to save him.
“We are surprised the little guy lasted this long,” Dr. Applewhite told Penny. “With this type of congenital heart defect, they rarely make it beyond a year old.”
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ARC Staff and volunteers were devastated. “We only wanted to make him adoptable to a good home,” Edwards sobbed. “We knew there was a good chance we might lose him. We just never wanted to believe this could happen.”
Dr. Applewhite had to perform a second surgery when serious bleeding complications arose. The little fellow’s heart gave up, and efforts to revive him could not bring him back. The surgeries cost the Animal Refuge Center $3,000.00, which it will attempt to cover.
Little Jacques will be laid to rest at the ARC Pet Cemetery. At least in the short time he was with us, he knew love, companionship and happiness.
We have seen a lot of homeless pets pass in and out of these doors, but every so often one arrives that truly wouldn’t stand a chance without us.
Jacques is one of those pets.
Not long after Jacques, a Poodle/Bedlington Terrier mix, arrived at ARC in horrible condition, matted, bone thin, filthy and shy of humans, we learned through a vet visit that he also had PDA: a serious heart condition that he was born with, caused by a part of the heart vessel that will not close. He would be in serious danger of congestive heart failure within 1-2 years, and as this little fellow is only two years old, he’s barely begun to live.
With open heart surgery, however, the little guy will get a new lease on life: the prognosis for this surgery is excellent, and he would require little or no meds after surgery. It will, however, cost around $2,500 to save Jacques’ life, and we’d like to call upon our heroes–you, our supporters–to help us make this miracle possible for little Jacques. Let’s make his dream of a Forever Home a reality.
If you are able to help Jacques, please click the Donate button below! This button is designated directly to the Jacques Fund. Thank you for giving him the chance at life he needs!
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Here are the babies we have left for adoption. This is still in progress. Use the Adoption Application form above.
Applications available at Animal Control office, Hardin County website
By Sarah Bennett
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 3:30 am (Updated: August 22, 6:06 am)
About five months after being removed from a Vine Grove trailer where officials said they were living in “unsanitary conditions,” 103 dogs found at 103 Gaylene Drive soon will be available for adoption.
Brian and Joyce McCarthy pleaded guilty Monday to 75 counts of second-degree animal cruelty. With a conclusion reached in Hardin District Court, the dogs no longer are evidence and are eligible for adoption.
Since being removed from the residence in March, the dogs have been in the care of Hardin County Animal Control. On Tuesday, Director Jerry Foley said Pet Pros Spay/Neuter Clinic is going to spay and neuter the animals for free. Until then, the animals are not available for adoption.
Foley estimated the dogs will be available for adoption in a couple weeks. Those interested in adopting a dog can fill out applications available at Animal Control, 116 Nicholas Street in Elizabethtown, or on the Hardin County Government website, he said.
“We will adopt every dog,” Foley said. “We’re not going to euthanize any of them.”
The animals have received rabies shots, multiple veterinarian examinations and dog licenses, he said. They also are being socialized with other dogs.
Foley said there are a few “special needs” dogs as some of the older animals have had three or four cesarean sections.
“Some of these dogs have had a tough time of it,” he said.
Though they pleaded guilty Monday, the McCarthys did not “abuse” the dogs in question, defense attorney Dwight Preston said.
Preston said the couple was “devastated” by Monday’s conclusion but ultimately received the “best deal they could get.”
After months of research and discussion, Preston said the guilty plea was the “safest course of action.”
With the exception of some federal guidelines that would not apply to the couple’s case, he said, “There are no standards for what is adequate space, what is adequate water and what is adequate feed for a domestic dog.”
By proceeding to a jury trial, the couple would have risked a lot of jail time over the issue of inadequate space, Preston said.
“They took it very hard,” he said. “The dogs were their family.”
The McCarthys were sentenced to two years probation and are not allowed to own animals during that time, Assistant County Attorney Michael Howard said Monday.
Preston said he was pleased with Howard and the Hardin County Attorney’s Office in their handling of the case as they “really came out on top of this.”
Foley said Animal Control is lucky to have a county attorney’s office that takes animal cruelty cases seriously and is willing to prosecute.
He added his office is grateful for the assistance from volunteers and other agencies while the case was pending. During that time, Animal Control was fulfilling its normal duties while also taking care of the more than 100 dogs recovered from the home.
“It was a monumental task to take care of 100 Chihuahuas,” he said.
Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for consideration to adopt one of the 15 McCarthy Chihuahuas available at the Animal Refuge Center, please see our Adoption Application Form.
A Vine Grove couple accused of mistreating more than 100 dogs in their care pleaded guilty Monday to 75 counts of second-degree animal cruelty in Hardin District Court.
Brian and Joyce McCarthy were arrested in March and charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty after officials removed 103 dogs from their Gaylene Drive residence.
We have kept our involvement in the case low-key due to the sensitive nature of the McCarthy dog abuse case since we received them back in March. Thanks to all our AWESOME volunteers, the effort of holding and rehabilitating, cleaning after and caring for these dogs has been not as hard as it could have been. Those volunteers and a select few people know what horrible shape the dogs were in when they arrived here. Ninny, the oldest dog, was withdrawn from humans and wouldn’t let anyone touch her. Now she’s one of the first to greet you at the door of the kitten room, licking your hand and skipping off to wag her tail at you from a distance. Loveable ol’ Ninny can be found on the cover of this morning’s article at Couple plead guilty in dog abuse case.
Penny Edwards is making arrangements as we speak to get them all spayed and neutered. All the puppies have grown up with us; little Donny and Marie were born here at ARC. We are all they know. We’re going to do our best to make sure they get the best forever homes, and they never have to go through anything like this ever again.
Since we have received limited support during the time we cared for these dolls, and the Animal Refuge Center is fronting the cost for their spays and neuters, adoption fee for these kids will be $120.00. Ninny needs surgery for a hernia/tumor (we need to find out which), and all will be heartworm tested and up to date on everything.
The oldest girls, Rosie, Salsa and Sunshine, as well as the boys Boston, Wombat, Yang, Fred, Donny and Ricky, are scheduled to be spayed and neutered on August 31st, 2012. They will be available for adoption around September 10th. Also on September 10th, old Ninny is scheduled for x-rays and spay. She will be tentatively available for adoption on September 20th.
More good news to come. Penny’s busy on the phone today securing care for the Chihuahuas, and we’re extremely happy and kind of sad that this day has come. We’ll be sad to say goodbye to these bright and hilarious little guys, but we’ll be content if they are loved, and we will all know, each and every one of us that had a part in this, that….we made a difference.
Checking out incoming links on the old website this morning, I found some poor reviews on the Animal Refuge Center at Yahoo.com. These are from people who have failed our adoption screening process, and it’s important that people know why.
We want PERMANENT homes for the pets in our care. Another thing that bugs us is the indifferent “I’m here to BUY a CAT” types. We can tell the difference if you’re effusive and over the top, too. We don’t adopt a cat out just so someone can throw it out in their backyard and feed it occasionally. In far too many cases, these animals have come to us in SHODDY shape, and the amount of love and care taken to rehabilitate these animals is immense. We love them. They are like our own. So don’t come to us saying, “I’m not really a cat person, but I want to adopt it for my husband and kid.” In our 20 years of experience in running the Animal Refuge Center, we know darn well that you will be back within six months to a year saying, “Well, I’m still not a cat person…this just isn’t working out.” And the cat, mourning because it thought it had a home with you–well in one case some years ago we had a cat mourn herself to death. The circumstances were different, but don’t think for one minute that these animals do not see you as their family. Would you ditch your children so easily? I thought not.
Found the link on Yahoo! Local:
Posted on 09/24/11
They were pushy, but the opposite reason for me. I m not exactly a cat person and when I told her that it was mainly for my husband and son, she couldnt get me out the door fast enough. So what?! I m a dog person. I was just trying to help out by adopting since BOTH of my dogs are rescue. I could just as easily pick a cat up off the street. They need to understand that if I m gonna PAY for a CAT, I m not gonna abuse or neglect it just because I m not a cat person .
[My comments to the disgruntled: "The reasons you've both cited are why the adoption screening process failed. We're not pushy, and 'We couldn't afford a cat" and "I'm not really a cat person" are reasons people have given us when they dropped their unwanted pets with us in the first place. :/"]
Since cats tend to pick people, we prefer that prospective adopters sit and get to know the cats for awhile, mingle…a good screening process takes about an hour, which is why we like you to get there an hour and a half BEFORE we close. Anyone who knows a cat realizes that if they truly like you, they will all be vying for your attention. If you’re bored and don’t want to take the time…oh well.
The Animal Refuge Center has served Hardin County, KY since 1989, and they have stood respected in the community, even as other shelters have come and gone. Why?
They have the best and most devoted staff you will find anywhere. The staff is seasoned and professional, and interview prospective adopters with a personal touch. Shelter Manager Penny Edwards has been at ARC for 20 years as of May 2012, and their adoption retention rate is unparalleled. They carefully screen adopters throughout the process, and as Hardin County Animal Control Manager Jerry Foley can attest, some people who really had no business owning pets have failed the criteria from time to time.