Animal Abuse Prevention

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

We have been following the story since Friday of animals living in unbearable conditions on a Butler County farm.

On Saturday the Butler County Chief Deputy, along with some concerned residents from nearby counties, took a court order to the property and attempted to rescue 27 neglected animals, however the animals were gone when they arrived.

According to the concerned residents and the Sheriff's Department, the animals were living on the property that the owner, Mary Libeco, doesn't even stay on.

Many of the animals had been without food and water, some were tethered to trees, and others were being kept inside of cages.

WBKO visited the property on Friday and Saturday and also found that there was a dead dog inside the doorway of the trailer, and a skelton of an animal underneath the trailer.

According to Butler County Chief Deputy Mike Allen, this was one reason he had charged Mary Libeco with cruelty to animals.

"I saw a carcus of a dead animal underneath the trailer and I found several dead rabbits in numerous cages, so I charged her with cruelty to animals", says Allen.

"On occasion I saw the horses didn't have food and the animals weren't in the best of health at different times that I was out there", says Allen.

WBKO did speak with Mary Libeco on Saturday who said that she did move the animals off of the Butler County property, and that the animals are like children to her and that she had never harmed them.

Now, the concerned residents along with the Sheriff's Department are wondering where exactly these animals have been taken to.

The recent abuse case has also brought up the issue of how animal cruelty can be prevented in the future, not only in Butler County, but also in other counties.

According to Chief Deputy Allen, this situation was something the Sheriff's Department wasn't too familar with.

"We don't deal with this situation often and it is new to us and it would be nice if we had an organization that would step in and take control of a situation like this", says Allen.

Robin Hudak is one of the concerned residents who was trying to help the neglected animals and agrees that something must be done to prevent this animal abuse from happening again. She's wanting to do this by starting a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Chapter, or SPCA, in our area.

"The SPCA are basically police. They can go out and they can activate anything as far as taking these animals and putting them in a shelter. They get things taken care of quickly", says Hudak.

"The Humane Society does all that they can do and I think they need more help and more organizations to help them", says Bowling Green Veterinarian Stan Snodgrass.

Robin and others are trying to start the SPCA chapter locally so that more can be done to prevent animal abuse and so that these animals can be rescued faster, before it's too late.

"The local police have tons of other things to do. They don't have the funds to deal with this and the SPCA is federally funded so it would make such a difference" says Hudak.

For more information on the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, you can log onto If you would like to reach Robin Hudak about helping with an SPCA chapter locally, you can email her at

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