The director of a Kentucky dog rescue has been arrested for animal cruelty as troopers removed 160 dogs from her home, the Kentucky State Police announced.
A trooper investigating the home said that this is the worst case of animal cruelty that he’s ever seen, CNN affiliate WTVQ reported.
Stephanie E. Fields, 40, of London, Kentucky, was arrested after troopers received a complaint concerning numerous dogs at her home, a police press release stated.
Police first made contact with Fields on November 24 and found out she was the director with Homeward Bound Animal Rescue.
Inside her home, troopers discovered 30 dogs living in horrible conditions. Another 130 dogs were outside the residence, the press release stated.
Troopers say the home had no running water or electricity and was covered in filth and animal waste, according to WTVQ.
Investigators said Fields told them the home was condemned two years ago, but that she continued to live there with the animals, according to WTVQ.
Police removed the 30 dogs inside the home as they continued their investigation.
The investigation lasted for approximately a month before troopers finally arrested Fields at her home on December 17.
The other 130 dogs were removed at that time by the Laurel County Animal Rescue.
Fields was transported to the Laurel County Detention Center and charged with second-degree cruelty to animals.
Due to the unexpected influx of nearly 200 dogs, the Laurel County Animal Shelter temporarily suspended taking in any more animals until the current population is rescued or adopted. And as of now, none of the dogs removed from Fields’ home can be adopted as they are still considered evidence in the criminal case.
Lana Smith, Volunteer Rescue Coordinator for the Laurel County Animal Shelter, told HLN the Laurel County Animal Shelter is in dire of need of supplies and help in taking care of the dogs.
According to Smith, the shelter needs puppy pads or newspapers to line crates, someone to pick up and wash blankets/sheets and return them, stainless steel water / food bowls, sterile gloves, spray cleaners, paper towels, gallons of water, as well as volunteers to help clean, feed, and water the dogs. Donations may be left at Laurel County Fairgrounds building in Kentucky.
For more information on how to help, go to the Friends of Laurel County Animal Shelter, London KY, Facebook page.
HLN reached out to the courts, but Fields does not yet have an attorney listed.
HLN also reached out to Homeward Bound Animal Rescue, but could not reach anyone for a comment.