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Pineville man arrested on animal torture charge

From the Bell County Sheriff's Department -

Joshua Shane Blevins - BCDC

At approximately 1:22pm on Sunday, May 16, 2021, Bell County K-9 Deputy Adam Southern responded to a Rae May Road residence in Pineville, Kentucky in reference to a landlord issue with a tenant.


Upon arrival Deputy Southern spoke with the owner of the home where 34-year-old Joshua Shane Blevins, had been staying. The landlord advised he was making entry into the home due to Blevins being evicted.

Picture from BCSD

As the deputy made entry into the residence, he was met with an overwhelming odor of ammonia and feces. A dog was barking in the living room area which was barricaded off by furniture. The deputy found a German Shepherd hiding in a corner severely malnourished and dehydrated. The dog was urinating on himself and then would lick it off the floor due to being so dehydrated.


Deputy Southern states the floor was covered with feces and urine without any place for the dog to walk without stepping in it. The dog also had an extreme case of the mange.


Bell County Animal Control was contacted and due to the nature of its injuries caused by the extreme living conditions, the animal will have to be euthanized.


During the investigation, Blevins showed up at the home and was immediately taken into custody. Joshua Blevins was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center and charged with torture dog/cat with serious physical injury or death.


According to KRS 525.135 - Torture of a dog or cat is a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class D felony for each subsequent offense if the dog or cat suffers physical injury as a result of the torture, and a Class D felony if the dog or cat suffers serious physical injury or death as a result of the torture.

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