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Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011

County: Henry

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged:
» Ken Smith
» Terri L. Smith
» Karen Nullmans

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Animal control officials tell WAVE 3 that arrest warrants have been issued for the Campbellsburg couple accused of hoarding animals and operating a puppy mill.

Dan Flinkfelt, director of animal services for Henry and Trimble counties, said Ken and Terri Smith are charged with 218 counts of animal cruelty. Another woman who was living on the property, identified as Karen Nullmans, is also facing charges.

WAVE 3 reported the heartbreaking story of a hoarding situation and puppy mill in Henry County and so many have stepped up to help those animals. Donations and volunteers have been pouring into the shelter in Eminence and now many of those animals are finally in good hands.

"You talk about a blessing a Christmas miracle people reaching out In a time of need, this is it," said Flinkfelt.

Volunteers have poured into the shelter, doing everything from cleaning, vaccinating, grooming, donating food, supplies and giving these animals attention they are desperate for.

"It's all the surrounding counties," said Flinkfelt. "We've gotten calls from California, Phoenix. PetSmart is donating a truckload of supplies Monday."

Mikki Adkins came in to be a foster parent.

"I started walking her this morning and fell in love with her," said Adkins. "First one it figures, I'm an animal lover."

On Tuesday, hundreds of animals were rescued from a home on Allyson Lane in Campbellsburg. Everything from dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, geese, a hybrid wolf, a screech owl, and horses were removed.

Animal control officials say the animals were covered in mud, urine, feces, without proper shelter, food, and water. Officials say it's a case of animal hoarding and a puppy mill. A lot of the animals were sold on the Internet and at flea markets in Simpsonville.

Neighbors say the main two people who were caring for the animals are Terri and Ken Smith. Investigators would like to find them for questioning.

Although Flinkfelt said Nullmans has been cooperative, she will still face several charges.

"We have made contact with one of the people residing in the residence," said Flinkfelt. "We are issuing them a court summons to appear in court for some counts of animal cruelty."

When I went back to the home on Allyson Lane, Nullmans didn't answer.

Volunteers are giving their time and opening their hearts to give the animals the second chance they deserve.

"I've already taken them home," said Julia Zimmerman, one of the volunteers. "I'm fostering two hamsters and a little baby."

"We are a farming community and we take care of our animals and it's something all of us can pull together and help out," said Adkins. "Make sure these little guys find anything. When they find these people, which they will they deserve exactly what they get."

Many of the animals have gone to breed specific rescues and local foster homes. The goal is that if and when the couple officially surrenders these animals, people who are fostering the animals will eventually adopt them.

Unfortunately the total number of animals that have died is now three - one dog and two cats.

If you would like to be a foster parent for the rescued animals, call 502-845-8050. The shelter is also in need of donations like cleaning supplies, food, crates, blankets, and towels.


Case Updates

A Henry County couple was arrested Friday and charged with more than 200 counts of animal cruelty, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Terri Smith, 51, was arrested at a friend's residence in Brooks late Friday morning, said Chief Deputy Brian Parrish, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service.

Her husband, Kenneth Smith, 71, was arrested a few hours later in a Walmart parking lot in LaGrange, Parrish said.

Both were charged with 218 counts of second-degree animal cruelty based on the living conditions of the animals on the couple's property. Parrish did not have their address.

Parrish also did not know what types of animals were recovered from the property and details about their conditions. He said Henry County Animal Control removed the animals from the property, but an animal control spokesman could not be reached for comment.

The couple is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center.
Source: courier-journal.com - Dec 16, 2011
Update posted on Dec 16, 2011 - 10:09PM 

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