LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — It is not without tears that 47-year-old Cynthia Hurley talks about her Jack Russell terrier. But it is with little remorse that she reflects back on Monday’s incident when she allegedly killed a dog that attacked and killed her own pet.
Now the East Bernstadt resident sits behind bars in the Laurel County Detention Center, charged with first-degree cruelty to animals.
In an interview from jail on Wednesday, Hurley explained why her emotions ran away with her on Monday after finding her pet lying in the yard, dead from an attack from a larger, neighborhood dog.
Although Hurley lives along Ky. 490, she was at her daughter’s residence on Barbourville Road over the weekend and into Monday afternoon due to inclement weather. She said because school was canceled Monday, she stayed to care for her daughter’s children while her daughter was at work.
Hurley describes the larger dog as resembling a Labrador with some similarities of a Golden Retriever. The dog, she said, had been frequenting her daughter’s yard over the past several days and had attacked her Jack Russell on Friday, three days prior to the incident that has her incarcerated.
“That dog just mauled Diamond,” Hurley said.
Hurley said her daughter did not know who the dog belonged to and was unfamiliar with any neighbors who owned the dog.
Hurley said the larger dog attacked Diamond on Friday, leaving a “big knot” on its leg and what Hurley believes was internal injuries, as the dog was passing blood in its excrement’s since that time.
“He couldn’t even eat for two days. I was doctoring him and trying to get him well,” she added.
Hurley said she and her daughter both had tried to contact the animal shelter about the larger dog, but were unable to speak with anyone.