November 21, 2012

Starving dog leads to animal cruelty arrest

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Improper care of a pet led to the arrest of a Laurel man on Tuesday afternoon.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Turner and Deputy Steve Hoskins went to Pine Drive, 10 miles south of London, around 5:30 p.m. after receiving a complaint of an animal being abused.  When deputies arrived, they found a dog at the residence that was being kept without shelter and had no food. The ribs and backbone of the dog were visible.

Rodney Gray, 36, of Pine Drive, was arrested and charged with second-degree cruelty to animals. He was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center and was held under a $2,500 surety bond. He was released the following day and is scheduled for a pretrial conference in Laurel District Court on Nov. 27.

This is the latest of several animal cruelty cases that have come under the court system in the past year. Most of the cases have involved dogs being kept without food and/or shelter and most of those animals had ribs showing from lack of nourishment.