Henderson Co. man charged with animal cruelty, Humane Society asks for donations

It is now being called the largest animal seizure in Kentucky.

The owner of the Henderson County property is now facing more than 500 charges.

More than 400 animals were seized last month from a farm in Reed, Kentucky. Those animals are now in the care of the Humane Society of Henderson County.

544 counts of animal cruelty are what 73-year-old Doil Stogner is now facing.

The Sheriff's Office tells Eyewitness News that's one count for each animal they found… alive and dead.

"And it was also one of the largest in the nation as far as animal rescues,” said executive director of the Humane Society of Henderson County Angela Hagedorn.

“Hard to believe,” said Brad Schneider, Henderson County Judge Executive.

Schneider says it's not a great day for Henderson County after realizing October's animal cruelty case was the largest of its kind for the state.

“I mean you wouldn't think that would happen here but it did and we're gonna respond to it,” said Schneider.

Tuesday morning farm owner Doil Stogner was officially charged.

“I believe he probably got in over his head and he's older gentleman,” said Det. Rick Lawrence with the Sheriff’s Office.

Schneider says while it was a terrible circumstance, “What I'm really proud of the way we handled it.”

Hagedorn says costs to keep the animals are overwhelming, “This is a whole new ballgame for us.”

Food alone costs around $1,000 a week for the animals. There are also expenses she said people don't think about like new uniforms for ones that have been ruined, gas and water bills require funding as well.

“The citizens and the businesses have just been amazing and I hope they continue til every single one of these animals has been placed,” said Hagedorn.

Schneider says he is proud of the way the Humane Society, community members and surrounding counties have helped to make sure the 400 some animals remain safe.

And Tuesday morning, Henderson County Fiscal Court members said they will be helping out wherever they can for funding, but no amount has been released yet.

(This article was originally published November 7, 2017)


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