18 Dogs Killed in Arson Fire

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"Best friend in the world. I just don't understand. If you are mad at somebody you go pick on them, you don't pick on their best friend."

Tammy Staten's only remaining dog hasn't left her side since November 20.

"My dog here was pulling at my hand trying to get me to back away from it. And all I could do was stand there and scream."

She and her husband returned from church to find the kennel in their yard had been torched in an arson fire.

"There were eighteen in there. Eleven were mine and six of them belonged to somebody else."

Kentucky State Police are investigating the arson. Staten says she doesn't know why anyone would do something like this. She opened her kennel for business in September but she has always worked with dogs. Now scraps of metal and a wheel barrow of ashes are all that's left of the dream she had.

"This will always hurt me. I'll cry and I'll have nightmares till the longest day I live."

She says her young son is having a hard dealing with what happened. And she has a message for the person or persons responsible for the fire.

"There are no words to describe what you've done because the act pretty much speaks for itself."

There is a one thousand dollar reward being offered for information leading to an arrest of the arsonist. If you know anything you are urged to call Kentucky State Police at 270)766-5078 and ask for Detective Terry Scott or call the toll-free arson line at 1-800-27-ARSON.


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