A man who allegedly dumped seven dogs out on the side of the road has been cited to court by Lynch police.
Lynch Police Chief Drew Wilson said Derik Pendleton, 21, was cited for cruelty to animals on Jan. 11.
“Myself and Officer James Fox had a guy flag us down and say he just witnessed a man pull over to the side of the road at Portal 31 and throw out some dogs on the side of the road,” said Wilson. “It was five puppies and the mother.”
Wilson said he and Fox searched the area in an attempt to locate the dogs.
“We located the dogs at the old 33 mine road,” said Wilson. “We radioed ahead to Cumberland PD with a vehicle description. They found the young man and got him stopped.”
Wilson said Pendleton stated he was trying to get rid of the dogs.
“We were informed by Cumberland Police Officer John Brown the he had stopped him earlier that night and offered to have animal control come and get the animals, but he refused,” said Wilson. “We loaded the dogs up ourselves into our cruisers and took them in.”
Wilson said the animals were taken to Harlan County Animal Control.
“We’re trying to do the best we can for the animals,” said Wilson.
Pendleton is charged with second-degree animal cruelty.
According to a press release from Harlan County Animal Control, the dogs were not well taken care of previous to law enforcement taking custody of the animals. The dogs are currently under observation due to a few of them having medical issues. They are scheduled to be seen by a veterinarian for further evaluation in the near future.
The case is being investigated by Wilson and Fox along with Harlan County Animal Control Officer Willie Galloway.
In other police activity, Travis White, 33, of Benham, was served an indictment warrant charging him with one count of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, one count of third-degree possession of a controlled substance and first-degree possession of a controlled substance. White was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 bond secured by 10 percent.
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