Animal Control Seeking Man Who Dumped Dead Dog in Crate Behind Business

Lexington Animal Care and Control is looking for information on an unknown man who was captured on CCTV dumping a dead dog behind a business, still in its cage.

The video released by LACC shows the man throwing the cage out of the back of his truck. Images added online show the dog's body completely emaciated, with ribs and other bones visibly poking out of the skin.

"We are looking for information regarding a deceased dog that was found in a crate behind businesses on Russell Cave Road. The dog was dumped on March 17 at 5:52 a.m.," LACC shared in a Facebook post.

Surveillance footage was posted by the LACC and showed a man pull up in a red truck before exiting the vehicle and jumping onto the back. The individual then lifted up a cage, which was covered in a white sheet.

He then threw the cage out of the truck, flashing the bottom of the cage to the CCTV. A brown dog's body was visible inside. The man then returned to the driver's seat of the vehicle.

"If you have any information about the animal or the person shown in the video below, please contact our Cruelty Investigator at 859-255-9033 extension 229," the LACC wrote online.

Need for New Legislation

Unsurprisingly, the event was met with shock and criticism by locals online. Many pinpointed the behavior as evidence for the need of the HB 20 bill currently being sponsored by KY Representative Chris Freeland.

In Kentucky, first degree animal cruelty is classed as a felony, but only includes "whenever a dog is knowingly caused to dog fight for pleasure of profit."

Second degree animal cruelty, which covers "mutilation, beating, torturing any animal other than a dog or cat, tormenting, failing to provide adequate food, drink, space, or health care, or by any other means;" is classed as a misdemeanor instead.

Torture of a dog or cat is a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class D felony for each following offense if the animal suffers physical injury. It's a Class D felony if the dog or cat suffers serious injury or death as a result.

HB 20 aims to amend the current legislation so that torture covers other specific acts in its definition, particularly intentional gross neglect or abandonment. The bill also aims to make all violations a Class D felony and make each act of torture prosecutable as a separate offence.