Edmonson Voice Staff Report
Law enforcement officials were called out to the Edmonson County Animal Shelter in Bee Spring this evening when an Owensboro woman found a dead dog in a pen outside as she came to pick up a few animals. The woman reported that the shelter was locked and no one was on site while outside animals were without food, shelter, and water.
The sheriff's office responded to the scene but turned the case over to Kentucky State Police due to the shelter being a county office, which created a conflict of interest. The shelter is owned by Greg and Kim Carroll of Bee Spring.
Officials said once inside, they found three dead cats and reported several animals were without food and water and were covered in their own feces. 47 dogs and 17 cats were said to be found in extremely poor living conditions and several of the animals appeared to be malnourished.
Witnesses said the owners told officials that several of the animals were unhealthy when they were brought to the shelter and that the poor living conditions of the animals had escalated just today.
Shelter Director Kim Carroll, 50, was charged with Cruelty to Animals, 2nd degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Her husband Greg, was not charged.
The shelter serves not only Edmonson, but also Grayson, Hart, and Metcalfe Counties and receives a total of approximately $136,000 in funding from the counties combined.
KSP said that the shelter has been shut down indefinitely and that all animals will be relocated to Barren and Warren County shelters as soon as possible.
The investigation is ongoing.
If found guilty, Carroll faces up to 12 months in jail and a $500 fine.