Abandoned Puppies in Jackson County

Eleven puppies were rescued after being abandoned in a box along lower Adkinstown Road in Jackson County. 

The Arrow Fund is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for abandoning eleven puppies in a ravine in Tyner, Kentucky. The puppies are currently in the care of The Arrow Fund.

On May 16th, 2019, a witness heard puppies crying and discovered a box that contained eleven, approximately two-week-old puppies in a ravine. The Arrow Fund arranged for their transport to Louisville for veterinary review and placement with foster caregivers. “Abandoning these puppies in this way is absolutely cruel and heartless,” said Rebecca Eaves, president of The Arrow Fund. “It’s a crime in Kentucky.”

The $1,000 reward offered by The Arrow Fund is being sponsored by John Ridgill, a board member and president of Louisville Tree Service, LLC.

“We really need to start going after perpetrators who commit these kinds of crimes because eventually they commit them on people as well,” said Ridgill.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 606-287-7121.

According to the Facebook page titled “Lost and Found Pets of Jackson County, KY” eleven puppies were rescued after being dumped in a ravine near Tyner, KY. Information on the site indicates that Brian Wagers was the individual that discovered the puppies abandoned in a box. Ashley McWhorter provided transportation to get them help. The rescue group The Arrow Fund is providing the puppies with around-the-clock care while authorities search for the person responsible.

The Arrow Fund founder Rebecca Eaves told reporters that a total 11 puppies were thrown down a ravine inside of a coffee Keurig box. She learned about a post on Facebook by Brian Wagers that he was setting his crawdad traps along Lower Adkinstown Road when he heard their cries. “I need someone to take in some pups ASAP,” Wagers posted. “I asked if they were getting medical attention or are they with experienced bottle-feeders, being that young? You know their eyes aren’t even open yet,” she said.

The decision was made to rush the puppies to Louisville, where they are now receiving care. Eaves told reporters that the odds are stacked against the pups. Some of them are now doing better than others.

Eaves is working with the sheriff’s office to catch whoever is responsible for committing what she calls a heartless act of cruelty.

“We are wishing them a good investigation. We’d love for this person to be charged. It’s heinous what they did,” she said. “Our team has been up all night feeding these innocent babies. We are doing all we can and 3 of us will be bottle feeding round the clock. We sure hope to catch the monster who threw these innocent babies away like trash! We need donations! We are over capacity, but could not let these little ones die. Donations can be made on this post or at thearrowfund.org or checks may be mailed to The Arrow Fund P.O. Box 1127 Prospect, Kentucky 40059. We would like to thank all of those who came together to get these precious ones safely to us. We are so saddened by this case but are so thankful for all of you that will help us, help them! Please keep these babies close to your heart... it is a long shot for all to survive without their mama but we will try.”

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