Two Charged with Animal Cruelty

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Two Bowling Green residents have been arrested and charged in the animal cruelty case we first brought you last week.

Earlier this month, neighbors made complaints about the conditions of 3 dogs and 10 puppies living on Upper Iron Bridge Road.

"Steven Decker, 30, of Bowling Green, and Amber Decker, 29, also of Bowling Green were both arrested last night on the warrants related to this case," Warren County Sheriff's Office, Stephen Harmon, said.

Officials say Steven Decker was found at a family member's home, while Amber was already behind bars.

"Amber Decker was served in the Barren County Detention Center where she was lodged on other unrelated charges," Harmon said.

The arrests stem from an on-going investigation that started a couple of weeks ago, after area residents became concerned about the pets.

"All of the dogs were under weight. They were not happy to see us. They were growling, hissing, and two of them did attempt to bite us," Deputy Boyden said.

Deputies also say when they arrived, the living conditions were unacceptable.

"They had rotted wood, all of them were living on a water-soaked ground. The puppies were being nursed on top of an old golf bag that was lying in the mud," Boyden said.

Each of the Deckers' were charged with animal cruelty second degree. Deputy Boyden says the consequences of this charge often vary.

"There is no typical, as far as a punishment. It's on a case-by-case basis," Deputy Boyden said.

The Sheriff's office encourages anyone who sees anything out of the ordinary to speak out.

"That's something that the Sheriff's office takes seriously, and anyone that suspects animal abuse or witnesses such abuse should contact our office," Harmon said.

Those fostering the dogs say the mother of the ten puppies is slowing gaining weight, and is on the road to recovery.

The other two adult dogs are being taken care of as well.

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