TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Russell County Man Arrested on 32 counts of Cruelty to Animals 2nd Degree
Date of News Release: 06/21/2005
(Columbia, KY.) - Kentucky State Police Detective, George Atwood arrested thirty-seven year-old, Joel Scott Stephens on warrants for 32 counts of Cruelty to Animals 2nd Degree. These arrests are the result of an investigation, which began on June 02, 2005. At that time Detective Atwood and Detective Tony Wells discovered 32 horses inside Stephens' barn on Bernard Ridge, in Russell County. All of the horses were suffering, in varying degrees, from malnutrition and dehydration. No food or water was within reach of the horses, and two foals were already dead. A Veterinarian was called to the scene to provide emergency assistance to the animals.
Stephens was lodged in the Russell County Jail.