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Animal Cruelty Investigation and Arrest in Laurel County

Date of News Release: 12/17/2015

(London, KY) - Kentucky State Police Trooper John Pratt has been conducting a month-long investigation into an animal cruelty case after receiving a complaint concerning numerous dogs at a residence on Farriston Road in Laurel County.

On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Trooper Pratt made contact with the homeowner and the animal's caretaker Stephanie E. Fields, 40, of London, KY. It was discovered that Fields is the director with Homeward Bound Animal Rescue. Inside the residence, Trooper Pratt discovered 30 dogs living in horrible conditions and another 130 dogs outside the residence. Trooper Pratt had the 30 dogs inside the residence removed that day and continued the investigation.

As a result of his investigation, Trooper Pratt obtained an arrest warrant for Fields and on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at approximately 10:00 AM, Fields was arrested at her home. The other 130 dogs were removed by the Laurel County Animal Rescue.

Fields was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center and charged with Cruelty To Animals, 2nd Degree.

Trooper Pratt continues the investigation.