Thirteen dogs and six cats were seized Friday from a house on Holmes Street.
Animal-rescue group It’s All About the Animals, started by animal activist Trudi Johnson, was involved with the rescue and has taken custody of the dogs. The Franklin County Humane Society took the six cats.
Johnson said one dog remains in the house with the owner.
Frankfort Police Maj. Fred Deaton said there is an open criminal investigation for second-degree animal cruelty, but no charges have been filed.
Johnson said the animals weren’t living in good conditions, with the dogs being bred and not being let outside.
“It’s just a bad situation,” Johnson said. “We needed to get them taken care of.”
She said the couple caring for the animals didn’t understand they were doing anything wrong.
“I believe they need psychological help,” Johnson said. “I don’t believe they ever set out to do this.”
The 13 dogs are being cared for by members of It’s All About the Animals. Johnson said the dogs have been cleaned up, and they’re trying to socialize with them.
“They’re coming around,” Johnson said. “They’re sweet dogs.”
The address of the house and the names of the couple were not released.
Johnson said her group is working with a veterinarian in Lexington, but the medical bills will start piling up. If people wish to donate or help the dogs, they can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-330-0884. To help with the cats, contact the Franklin County Humane Society at 502-875-7297.