Bills would make animal abuse felony

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Noah was just fur and bones when he arrived at the Franklin County Humane society one day after Christmas last year, when a couple found him on their front porch. He couldn't walk, and only his eyes were moving.

He was treated by Frankfort veterinarian Dr. Bradley A. Keough, who determined the mid-aged chow mix was extremely underweight and dehydrated. No one at the shelter knows who owned Noah.

Kennel technician Regina Mitchell helped nurse Noah back to health, even taking him home with her. He weighed just 28 pounds when he was brought to the shelter; now he is up to 44 pounds. The ideal weight for a dog his size is 46 pounds. Today he's walking, eating, playful and ready for adoption.

On top of that, Noah will be attending a rally at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in front of the Capitol, along with Mitchell, her shelter colleagues and several lawmakers to support three bills in the legislature that would make animal abuse a felony, with possible jail time. Currently animal cruelty charges usually bring a fine of about $50. The rally is being sponsored by an organization called "4 Kentucky Pets."

"He was so weak, we don't know how he made it as long as he did," said Mindy Elliott, shelter manager of the Franklin County Humane Society. "Whoever owned this dog should be charged with a felony."

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