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 Ninny, the oldest dog, was withdrawn from humans and wouldn’t let anyone touch her.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.