Man charged with cruelty to animal

Joe P. Asher Staff Writer

November 18, 2013

Kentucky State Police arrested a Dayhoit man following a call to KSP from the Humane Society about a dog found dead under a porch.

Thomas Bargo, 35, was arrested Sunday by KSP Trooper Craig Miller when Miller responded to the call.

According to the citation, Miller received a call from dispatch informing him the Humane Society was at a residence on Hall Branch Road in Mary Alice. Miller arrived on the scene and spoke to Eliesha Griffith, who told him there was a dead pit bull underneath the porch of Bargo’s residence.

The citation states the dog was still attached to the porch by a chain connected to the porch and the dog’s collar. The dog had apparently not been eating, as the animal’s rib cage was visible.

According to the citation, Bargo told police that the dog had not been eating because it had been sick, and that the pit bull had been dead for a few days. Bargo said the dog had been sick. Miller said he asked him why he had not taken the dog to the veterinarian or the animal shelter and Bargo said he thought it would cost money to do so.

Miller took photographs of the dog. Bargo gave the Humane Society permission to take another dog that was at his residence.

Bargo was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond secured by 10 percent.

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