Animal abuser gets 5 year sentence in Jefferson County, KY

February 19, 2016

Animal abuser receives a five year consecutive sentence in the case of an animal found in an airline crate in the crawl space of a home last March 2015.

Lucy, a Shiba Inu was discovered by a Louisville Metro Animal Services Animal Control Officer in an old dirt cellar. The female dog was in really bad shape and her jaw was stuck to the front of the crate/ Estimates are that she had been there for a week or more. There were puppies in the crate with her. Unfortunately, these puppies perished during the birth because she could not reach them and care for them properly.

LMAS confiscated Lucy immediately due to her condition. LMAS veterinarians and intake personnel were able to remove the crate door and save Lucy’s life. Witnesses told the ACO the owner’s name and during the course of the investigation pictures were found on Facebook showing them with the dog.

“LMAS is pleased with this sentence.” Said Jessica Montgomery, Director of LMAS. “Very often witnesses are reluctant to come forward and evidence is hard to come by. We take animal abuse, animal cruelty and animal torture very seriously. We are pleased to see that justice for Lucy has been served.”

LucyLucy is now free and can be adopted to the perfect home. Interested families should contact LMAS at 502-473-7387 (hit 2, and 2 again). You can also fill out an application online at

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is the only open intake shelter in Louisville Metro and the largest in Kentucky. LMAS is committed to caring for the almost 8,000 animals that enter the facility every year and giving them a second chance through adoption, rescue, reunification with owners and much more. The department is dedicated to educating and reaching out to all members of the community to make sure responsible pet ownership and compassion are at the forefront. LMAS has a fundamental mission to protect public health and safety, ensure the humane treatment of animals and provide quality customer service to the public.