HAZARD — The Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter and the Perry County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s assistance for information regarding a dog being abandoned near the shelter on Hwy. 80. KRRAS is offering a $250 reward for information that could lead to an arrest.
Surveillance footage of the incident, released by the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, shows a white four door pickup truck coming to a stop near the shelter on Hwy. 80. A male driver with a red longsleve shirt with dark pants gets out of the vehicle and opens the back door of the vehicle. The footage then shows the male subject leaning into the backseat of the truck and pulling a medium size brown dog out of the vehicle and setting it next to the truck. The male driver then hops into the pickup and pulls away, allegedly leaving the dog behind. The dog is seen following after the truck before the footage ends.
“This is twice in a week. Five minutes of these selfish people’s time could give these dogs a forever home,” KRRAS posted on their Facebook page.
Perry County Sheriff’s Department says the incident took place on Feb. 26 at approximately 8:49 a.m.
KRRAS employees could not locate the dog when they arrived at the shelter.
Those who have any information about the abandoned dog can call the Perry County Sheriff’s Department at 606-439-4523 or KRRAS at 606-439-4523.
Earlier this month, a seperate incident occured of a dog being abandoned near KRRAS. In a surveillance footage released by KRRAS earlier this month, a SUV allegedly drops off a dog near the shelter. The dog was later found to have been ran over on Hwy. 80.
“We are very serious about animal cruelty. We urge you if you can’t care for your pet surrender it to the shelter, don’t just dump it. A living being that lives its life for you this is the least you can do,” KRRAS urged on their Facebook page.
Abandoning an animal is considered to be a form of second-degree animal cruelty in Kentucky, a class A misdemeanor. Individuals found guilty could face up to one year in jail and a fine of $500.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.