September 16, 2005 – Posted at 5:20 p.m. CDT
CLAY COUNTY , AR -- It has been described as one of the worst cases of animal abuse in Clay County. The Clay County Sheriff's Department was investigating an alleged rape Thursday afternoon when they came across what has been described as a gruesome scene.
More than 30 pure bred dogs estimated to be worth $10,000-$12,000 and 15 birds were rescued from a residence on County Road 402.
All that's left behind are the bones of the animals that didn't make it after police rescued the animals from these pens of horror in Clay County . And believe it or not, Sheriff Ronnie Cole says they got here just in time.
"I feel that in the next week, we would have had several dead dogs," said Cole.
36-year-old Kathy Hosier is charged with making false statements and 60 counts of animal cruelty. "Unfortunately in Arkansas, it's a misdemeanor, but it can be a year in jail and a substantial fine," said Cole.
The dogs, locked behind these pens with no food or water, were forced to survive by feeding on themselves.
"The worst thing I saw was two Westies that were actually eating the carcass of a dead dog that was in the pen with them, which had been in there for probably two weeks," said Veterinarian Dr. Phil Daffron.
The Corning Wal-Mart donated food for the animals immediately, and Dr. Daffron worked to save the worst cases.
"It's the worst case I've seen. Just because of the sheer number of dogs involved," said Daffron.
The animals won't be available for adoption until Hosier's trial comes to an end. Until then, they will remain under the care of the Northeast Arkansans for Animals. The group is in need of volunteers and foster families for the dogs and birds.