Lexington Animal Care & Control is looking for someone who dumped a deceased dog behind a business

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control is asking for help in locating a man they believe dumped a deceased dog on Russell Cave Road.

They say this is a constant pattern of animal neglect in bluegrass.

Jai Hamilton has been an animal cruelty investigator for 13 years and said this type of neglect is unfortunately more common than people realize. She’s calling for tougher animal cruelty laws in Kentucky as they search for the man responsible.

Hamilton said the man, captured on surveillance video, was wearing a mask, had a distinct walk and they believed he was driving a red Ford Ranger.

“Our officer arrived and found a dog and she was in very poor physical condition. She obviously suffered before she died,” Hamilton said.

Investigators said the pit bull was made up of skin and bone, weighing about 15 pounds when found dead.

“There are people who just don’t value an animal’s life as much as they should. It’s a shame because dogs rely 100% on their owners to take care of them. In some cases they are horribly, horribly neglected,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said cases like this on Russell Cave Road are often just a misdemeanor in Kentucky, punishable by up to a year in jail and up to $500 in fines.

“We will hold them accountable as much as we can under existing law, but that’s not enough,” Hamilton said.

House Bill 20 is currently stalled in committee, but it would change current law to make torturing a cat or dog a felony, which Hamilton believes is the appropriate punishment.

“If someone is going to neglect an animal to the point that it is starving, that should be a crime,” Hamilton said.

Even if it doesn’t pass, Hamilton said they will continue to do everything possible to bring animal abusers to justice.

If you have any information about the animal or person shown in the video below, you can contact them at 859-255-9033 ext. 229.

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