A Mary Alice man is facing a charge of torturing a dog or cat after Harlan County Animal Control received a complaint of a dog allegedly being starved to death.
Arthur Couch Jr., 31, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Freeman on Tuesday.
According to the arrest warrant obtained by Chief Animal Control Officer Duncan Caldwell, Couch intentionally starved a pit bull to death and threw the dog’s carcass into a creek.
A press release issued by Harlan County Animal Control states officers responded to the residence and unsuccessfully attempted to make contact with the residents where the incident allegedly occurred. A neighbor allowed officers entry to the creek via their property where the animal’s corpse was found. The corpse was removed due to the possibility of the creek rising and washing it away. It was taken to a veterinarian and examined. An arrest warrant was obtained for a violation of KRS 525.135(3), torture of dog or cat with serious physical injury or death, based on the findings. A search warrant was obtained due to the possibility of more animals being in danger within the residence.
The release additionally states Harlan County Animal Control was assisted by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office and Harlan County Risk Management in serving both the arrest warrant and the search warrant at the property located at 74 Griffith Lane in Mary Alice on Tuesday. An additional five animals, two canines and three felines, were seized with the search warrant.
“The conditions that were found at this residence were deplorable,” said Caldwell. “It angers me that anyone would allow a dog to go without food, let alone neglect and torture it so long that it literally starves to death.”
Couch was charged with torture of a dog or cat with serious physical injury or death. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $20,000 full cash bond.
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