(UNDATED) - Twenty poodles that were removed from a home in Paoli after being found standing in waste, under fed and some infested with maggots now have new homes.
Their former owner, 40-year-old Laura King of Louisville, who worked as a vet technician Metropolitan Veterinary Specialist in Louisville, is facing twenty counts of animal cruelty and the case is pending in Orange Superior Court.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department received notification from a local utility crew on May 8 about dogs being confined in an abandoned home on U.S. 150 near Tater Road.
Veterinarian Dr. Bill McDonald was called to the scene. He found two dogs that were suffering from maggot infestations and took them to his office for treatment. The remaining dogs, all of which were covered in their own waste, were taken to the Orange County animal shelter in Paoli. One of the dogs died the night the animals were found.
According to those on the scene, the dogs were found standing in 2 to 3 inches of feces and someone had been feeding the dogs, but only enough for them to be kept alive and the food had been dumped in the dogs' crates in the dog's waste
Now the dogs are leaving the Orange County Humane Society to live with new owners. The Times Mail reports, five poodles were sent to a rescue group, Bright Hope in Franklin, and two were placed at the Floyd County animal shelter, which has experience with rescuing neglected dogs, to be adopted.
A few of the dogs were adopted to Orange County homes; others went to homes in southern Indiana and Louisville. Three are now living in Lawrence County homes.
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