Lab puppies rescued from severe animal abuse


by Gene Kang

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Animal Services says Kentucky is considered the worst state when it comes to animal abuse. One recent case involves the felony torture of two pit bulls, another unrelated case deals with the abuse of two puppies.

Two adorable three month old puppies are inseparable. Chocolate colored "Titus" and tan colored "Apollo" are Labrador mixes have been abused.

"They've gone through a lot of trauma and because of that we want to find a home for them together," Louisville Metro Animal Services Director, Justin Scally said.

You can see neck wounds where dog collars were embedded into their flesh. They underwent surgery to remove the constraints.

"These dogs were found in bad shape," Scally said.

Joshua Jones, 32, of Louisville has been charged with animal cruelty to animals.

In a different case, it was too late for two pit bulls. Their bodies were found chained to a fence in the 1300 block of Hemlock Street.

They died from starvation and hypothermia. Delvon Smith, 23, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of animal torture for the pit bulls.

"We work with the prosecutor's office closely to try to get them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Scally said.

Louisville Metro Animal Services says they find several new cases of neglected animals every week. For information on adopting animals that need a loving home, check out:  Animal House Adoption Center, 3516 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40218. You can also call (502) 473-PETS (7387) or visit their website.

Click here to view photos of the recovering lab puppies. WARNING: Pictures may be offensive to some viewers.