Seven cats and five dogs were found frozen in an animal shelter, while 90 others were rescued alive by police authorities in Kentucky, United States, after neighbors near the place denounced the situation of the pets.
According to local media reviews, the dogs were seized last Saturday, May 2, due to “appalling living conditions” at the Trixie Foundation shelter, state police said in a press release.
Melissa Bowman, president of the Kentuckians Vote for Animals organization, who accompanied authorities in the operation, said the dogs suffered “medical negligence” and some had tumors. Others had to be sedated before removing them from the shelter, and one was euthanized on the premises, the AP agency reported.
The owner of the place, Randy Skaggs assured that he gave medical attention to the animals when necessary. However, he argued that due to the high workload he had because of the animals, prevented him from burying the remains of the cats and dogs found in the freezer.
“I have not intentionally done anything except try to help these animals, We all make mistakes, and I have made many,” said Skaggs.
Skaggs, who was due to appear in June to face a trial for a misdemeanor crime of animal cruelty in 2018, said he would have frozen the animals, as he disagrees with the fact that they were slaughtered.
Thus, he denounced that those who criticize this policy would have influenced this latest police operation in order to pressure him to plead guilty to the charges he would face in June.
Skaggs, 68, now has 12 more charges added, including wrongful removal of animal remains. The defendant, who was not arrested, said he intends to defend himself on all charges.