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Henderson couple charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty, neglect;

By Erin Schmitt
The Gleaner

A Henderson couple has been charged with 79 counts of animal neglect and cruelty in connection with 26 Airedale terriers that were seized by animal control officers and the Humane Society of Henderson County last week.

Richard and Dorothea Conroy, 15000 block of Cheatham Toy Road, were booked at the Henderson County Detention Center Thursday afternoon on 26 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals, 26 counts of failure to provide proof of rabies vaccination, 26 counts of failure to provide proof of county dog licenses and one count of breeding without a license.

The dogs were seized from the Conroys’ property on Aug. 7 after authorities received information about dogs in distress at a breeding kennel located on Cheatham Toy Road, according to a complaint filed in District Court Thursday by Michael Burkes, a supervisor with the local animal control agency.

After obtaining a search warrant for the property, Burkes said in his complaint that he “discovered 26 dogs in kennels that were encrusted with layers of fecal matter. The entire building which housed the animals was covered in dirt, fecal matter, urine, mouse droppings, spider webs and flies.”

Each pen contained numerous dogs of both sexes that had not been spayed or neutered. While each pen had a watering system, it was in such disrepair that the animals had no access to fresh, clean water, according to the complaint.

“The gates for the kennels were in disrepair, and emergency evacuation of the animals from the facility would have been impossible,” Burkes stated in the complaint. “A noose was hanging from the ceiling.”

The Conroys were unable to provide proof of rabies vaccinations, county tags and a breeder’s license for the 26 animals.

The dogs were seized and taken to the Henderson Animal Clinic where Dr. Jamie Alka examined them. Her report stated that each dog presented to her was physically and mentally unhealthy.

Alka also reported that 18 of the dogs would be considered extremely emaciated, according to the complaint. All the dogs were anemic due to whipworms and hookworms. The majority of the dogs also had ear and eye infections and had hair matted with feces.

More than a week later, the majority of the dogs seized are doing well, Burkes told The Gleaner Thursday evening. Some have medical issues that won’t be able to be fixed and one dog was ruled too aggressive, but 19 of the Airedale terriers have been approved for adoption.

The dogs are still underweight and have hookworms, but this can be treated at their new homes, he said. A few of the dogs will be kept at the shelter as live evidence should the case proceed to trial.

Burkes said he would like to see the case go to trial.

“Hopefully we’ll get some justice for these animals,” he said.

Second-degree animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor. It can result in a $500 fine per count and up to a 365-day jail sentence, said County Attorney Steve Gold.

The other charges levied against the Conroys are county violations punishable by fines. The fines are as follows: breeding without a license: between $25 and $100 per each offense; failure to provide proof of county dog licenses, no less than $10 and no more than $100 per each offense; and failure to provide proof of rabies vaccination, no less than $25 and no more than $100.

The investigation and recovery of the dogs was a team effort by animal control officers, the Humane Society, Kentucky State Police, the Sheriff’s Office and the County Attorney’s office, Burkes said.

“We’ve recovered evidence saying they’ve been doing this for quite some time now,” Burkes told The Gleaner

The Conroys have lived at their house for 21 years and the building used to house the dogs was erected in 1992.

Authorities were tipped off by a concerned citizen who wished to remain anonymous, Burkes said.

“We really love people who go the extra mile to report stuff like this because we can’t be in everybody’s backyard and garage, but citizens can,” he said.

Adopt a pet, Lawrence Co. Humane Society

JASPER is a Male, Beagle Mix estimated at 1 1/2 years (3/14/13). Jasper is small in size. He is black and tan, a little white on his chest and feet. Brought in from Lawrence County. Jasper is a sweet boy with a great personality. He would be a great dog for any size family. He will be up to date on vaccinations and dewormed and must be neutered prior to leaving the shelter. To find out more about little Jasper, please contact the shelter between 10-2 Mon-Fri at 606-673-4509 or after hours/ weekends please call Kim Perry at 606-638-0512 or email


Hi Everyone!

The Shelter Challenge has started again. For those not familiar, this is the event back in the spring where we won the 50 pet beds or basically pads. This started on Monday Aug 12 and runs for 9 wks through Oct 13. You can vote once a day from a different address so use as many avenues as you have available... smartphones, tablets, computers, etc.

Please share this info with as many as you can. We were in first place in KY but have slipped to 2nd behind STAR of Rowan County. We are trying for either cash or vaccines this time. Last time we finished in 3rd place and got a late start. We can do this but need everyone's help.

Go to At the bottom of the page, Do a search for Lawrence County Humane Society, Louisa KY 41230.

When the link comes up click on it. It will take you to a verification page where you will have to type in letters that appear to vote. Click on vote and you are done until the next day.

It's going to be a tight race so We need everyone to be diligent and please vote daily. And spread the word! Second place is 100 vaccines and we could really use that or the cash.


Kim Perry
Lawrence County Humane Society
Louisa KY

Purr-fect Companions Just Waiting for You




This week we are featuring several of the wonderful kitties that are available for adoption at the Lawrence County Humane Society Animal Shelter. These cats are litter box trained, socialized to be around humans and other cats, and would make wonderful companions in any home. If YOU have room in your home & lots of love in your heart, these adorable babies will give you more love than you could ever imagine in return.

To find out more about any of these wonderful kitties, please call Beverly Pack (LC Humane Society Cat Coordinator) at (606) 571-6224 or email Please call for a quicker response.


Pet Fair Set for Saturday, August 13th

(Louisa, KY, August 13, 2013) – The Lawrence County Humane Society will be participating in a Pet Fair on Saturday, August 13th at the Louisa Tractor Supply Company from 10am – 2pm. For just a donation to the Animal Shelter, you can get your pet bathed at our Doggie Wash.  

Members of the Humane Society will be on hand to showcase some of the animals available for adoption at the Animal Shelter. They will also provide literature and answer your questions about volunteering or how you can help homeless animals in our community.

Bring your favorite pets and come join us at the Pet Fair!!! DOGS & CATS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO COME INSIDE THE STORE AT TRACTOR SUPPLY!!!

 For additional info contact Beverly Pack at or cell 606-571-6224



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