Arrow Fund saves abused and neglected animals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two Kentucky lawmakers want to require people accused of animal abuse to pay board, vet bills, and other care for their animals while their court cases are pending.
Representatives Kim Banta (R-Ft. Mitchell) and Cherlynn Stevenson (D-Lexington) are sponsoring the bill that would require owners to pay the cost of animal care or abandon animals for adoption.
What would you like to know
- Kentucky lawmakers have introduced a bill requiring those accused of animal abuse to pay for the upkeep of their animals while their court cases are pending
- The Arrow Fund is a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates animals victims of extreme torture, abuse or neglect
- The next legislative session will begin in January
- Kentucky lawmakers tabled a similar bill last year but were not heard by the legislature
The Arrow Fund is a Kentucky-based nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates animals that are victims of extreme torture, abuse, or neglect. More recently, the organization has taken in a group of neglected puppies.
âThe mother was a stray in a rural area and she was run over by a car and when they found her body they saw she had puppies,â said Cheryl Noggle of The Arrow Fund. “So it took them a few days to find the puppies and once they did they called us.”
The Arrow Fund works to educate the public on the lingering issues of animal cruelty as well as to defend national, local and state animal welfare laws.
Noggle, who also serves as a foster family, took in three of the puppies who were abandoned and malnourished.
“I love animals. We help those who cannot help themselves, we take in the worst cases animals that will usually die or be euthanized because rural shelters have no money for them. ‘take care of them, “Noggle said.” So it’s great to see them transform from a scared, skinny, hungry dog ââinto a big, fluffy puff. “
In some cases, involving animal cruelty cases, shelters are left to accommodate mistreated animals who have been seized with the situation, which could end up costing thousands of dollars.
“Generally, when a person is prosecuted for an animal crime, many people don’t know that the municipality generally has to take the animal, house the animal, take care of the animal while the litigation is ongoing,” Jessica Brotzge, said the chairman of The Arrow Fund. “It can be really, really expensive, especially in a case where you might have a set of hoarding situations, you might have a puppy mill situation.”
This is not an uncommon situation for The Arrow Fund, and the organization is well equipped to accommodate animals that have been subjected to extreme cruelty.
“Some of the cats were already gone before we arrived, but there were still quite a few locked in a shed and every time we got there and they opened the door for someone to come in you could literally hear the cats banging against walls and windows trying to escape, âsaid Randy Metzger of The Arrow Fund.
They are all hoping this bill will prevent more animals from suffering and make those responsible pay.
âSo something like this initiative would ease that burden on the municipality and basically make the person who is responsible for putting these animals in this situation pay to pay him or to abandon the animal,â Brotzge said.
The next legislative session will begin in January. Kentucky lawmakers tabled a similar bill last year, but were not heard by the legislature.
The Arrow Fund will be hosting a Monster Mash Costume Ball on October 29 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens in Louisville.