In one of the largest animal abuse cases in recent history, a Franklin County man is facing 38 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals after dozens of pit bulls were confiscated.
David Allen Jackson, 45, surrendered to Franklin County deputy sheriffs Tuesday morning, a week after deputies and Frankfort Police officers executed a search warrant on the property on Adams Lane off Evergreen Road in southwestern Franklin County.
Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire said the charges stemmed from a joint drug investigation between the sheriff’s office and Frankfort Police. Information from Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control officers, though, led them to Jackson’s property.
“It’s a large property,” Quire said. “There were treadmills for the dogs and thick metal chains for the dogs. It was pretty bad living conditions.”
In a news release, Quire said none of the dogs had food or clean water and minimal shelter. All of the dogs were restrained in some way, whether chained to immovable objects or kept in cages.
One chain, he said, weighed 42 pounds.
Many of the dogs had untreated medical issues including mange or heartworms in addition to being neglected. Several of them had severe dental issues as well, he said.
Jackson “didn’t do much talking,” Quire said. “The evidence we found indicates he was in the breeding or dog fighting business.”
Quire said he expects other charges to be filed in the future.
“This may go into another investigation with other people,” he said. “I believe that’s where its headed.”
The pit bulls were all taken for medical attention. Officials from Franklin, Anderson and Woodford counties responded to the scene and assisted with the animals as well, he said.
So far, none of the dogs have been euthanized, he said.
The charges are all Class A misdemeanors with a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail. Jackson is being held on a $2,000 bond in the Franklin County Regional Jail.