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Case ID: 19863
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Sunday, Mar 3, 2013

County: Jefferson

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Delvon Smith

Louisville Metro Animal Services found two pit bulls dead in their owner's back yard. The dogs were found dead from hypothermia and starvation.

"The most heinous thing about that particular case is these dogs were left outside. They had starved to death and literally froze to death and, you know, the water was frozen. They had no food and on top of it, they were just chained out there," said LMAS Director Justin Scally.

LMAS discovered the dogs in the back yard of a home on Hemlock Street after getting an anonymous call.

They arrested the dogs' owner, 23-year-old Delvon Smith, and charged him with two felony counts of animal torture.

"I don't believe he did that, I really don't. And I live right next door to him," said neighbor Susie Welch.

Welch said Smith used to have several pit bulls from puppies to adults until recently, when he told Welch he got rid of them.

"They kept getting loose off the chain. It was totally dangerous," said Welch.

Welch said Smith always took care of the dogs. She doesn't know what happened at his home, but said there's no way he intentionally killed those dogs.

Smith, the pit bulls' owner, could get up to five years in prison per count.


  • WLKY - March 5, 2013

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