Animals Mistreated-Former Humane Society Employee At Fault

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

Warren County Animal Control Officer's responded to a complaint of animals not being properly cared for July 19, 2007, at the Richardsville residence of David Peace.

Peace worked at the Humane Society nearly ten years ago.

Once officers received approval for a search warrant. They rescued nine dogs and one cat and took them to the Humane Society.

Five dogs and the cat have already been euthanized due to severe health conditions.

WBKO was able to talk with one of the officers involved in the search, as well as a friend of David Peace.

This is the residence the Warren County Animal Control Unit was called to.

"We looked around the property and noticed there were several dogs outside that didn't have water or had bad water that was green and nasty," said Lydell Hopkins, deputy for Warren County Animal Control.

Once inside, Deputy Hopkins said the smell was unbearable.

"It's almost unbelievable how nasty it was.There had been some dog food poured out in the floor which was even too dirty to eat off the floor," Hopkins added.

He said the conditions of some of the dogs was heartbreaking.

"They were covered with fleas. Some of them had manges and their hair was matted. The mats on them were probably three or four inches thick from their skin," Hopkins said.

But Katherine Herndon, who has known David Peace for years, said she was shocked.

"I couldn't believe his animals would be in that condition," Herndon said.

Herndon said the owner is sick and in a hospital in Louisville.

"I think he probably didn't know how to choose which animals to bring in and maybe was embarrassed that he was going to have to give them up. He loved them dearly. They were like his kids, his family," Herndon explained.

Deputy Hopkins said it's a rescue he will never forget.

"It's pretty much the worse thing I've seen since I have been on for two years," Hopkins said.

Herndon said this was an unfortunate tragedy, but she's glad some of the animals received the help they needed.

"I am very thankful the officers went out there and got the animals because it indeed was a rescue. I am really glad they got them," Herndon said.

A criminal summons has been filed against Peace. He's being charged with animal neglect and second-degree animal cruelty. He's expected to appear in court next month.

Peace told animal control he had someone looking after the animals, but would not say who.


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